CHANDIGARH, September 17: Punjab Pradesh Congress Committee President Capt Amarinder Singh today asked the Chief Minister Parkash Singh Badal to reduce the back breaking taxes on petrol in Punjab if he was really concerned about the common man. He said, petrol in Punjab was costliest in the country because of extra taxes.
In a statement issued here today, Capt Amarinder said Mr Badal had no moral right to oppose the hike in petroleum prices as it only betrayed his hypocrisy and double standards as his government has imposed exorbitant taxes on petrol in the state making it costliest in the country.“Rather Mr Badal must be feeling happy in the heart of his hearts as any hike in petrol price is going to generate extra revenues with proportionate increase in the taxes collected on the sale of petrol”, Capt Amarinder remarked.
Suggesting that in case the government really felt concerned about the common man it could reduce VAT on petrol. He said, Punjab under Akali-BJP regime imposed a total of 32.75 per cent taxes on petrol which was highest in the country as no other state imposes so much tax on petrol and which makes it costliest in India.
He said, Punjab charges 27.5 per cent VAT, ten per cent surcharge on VAT, Re 1 per litre infrastructure development cess and 1.5 per cent octroi. In stark contrast Haryana has 20.5 per cent, Himachal Pradesh 24 per cent and Chandigarh 22 per cent taxes only.
The former Chief Minister said, the petroleum prices are determined by the prices in the international market and the Indian companies were already suffering an annual loss of about Rs 1.2 lakh crores on account of subsidy.
He added, if the states want they can provide relief to the people by reducing the taxes as he had done during his tenure as the Chief Minister when he had provided tax relief on petrol to balance the hike in the prices which this government could also do, but it has no will to do so.