Dhumal refuses to lower sales tax on fuel

Una: The Himachal Pradesh Government on Tuesday said it had no plans to reduce sales tax on petrol and diesel as it was already charging much lower than the other states.

“Sales tax on diesel at 14 per cent is at a lower side in Himachal Pradesh than majority of the States. It was 20 per cent in the Petroleum Minister Murli Deora’s Maharashtra which has been now reduced to 16 per cent, still two per cent higher than Himachal,” Chief Minister Prem Kumar Dhumal told reporters here.

‘Already lower rate’

He said though the Centre had earmarked 20 per cent tax on diesel earlier, the hill State was charging only 14 per cent, six per cent less.

Mr. Dhumal accused the UPA Government of burdening common man by frequently hiking prices of fuel.

“Why did not it abolish import duty on crude oil to control its price?” he said. “The Congress-led Central Government is befooling the people and passing on its responsibility to the States by asking them to reduce the sales tax and subsidise these articles from their resources,” he said, adding “this is totally wrong and against the directions of the finance commission.” -- PTI