Petrol, diesel prices rise third day in a row; ₹1.55/litre hike since budget day

Petrol value made a brand new report at Rs87.85/litre in Delhi whereas diesel is offered at Rs78.03/litre in Delhi. In Mumbai, petrol and diesel charges are at Rs94.36/litre and Rs84.94/litre respectively

By Rajeev Jayaswal

UPDATED ON FEB 11, 2021 01:12 PM IST

Auto gas charges have moved up for the third consecutive day on Thursday; petrol by 25 paise per litre and diesel by 30 paise a litre respectively, making them costlier by Rs1.55 per litre because the Union Funds was introduced on February 1 that restructured Central levies on them to carve out a devoted fund for the agriculture sector.

Petrol value on Thursday made a brand new report at Rs87.85 a litre in Delhi whereas diesel is offered at Rs78.03 per litre within the nationwide Capital. Petrol and diesel charges are at report ranges in Mumbai at Rs94.36 per litre and Rs84.94 a litre respectively. Retail costs of the transport fuels differ throughout the nation because of variations in native levies.

Home retail costs of petrol and diesel are linked with the worldwide market witnessing a spike in crude oil costs in expectation of rising demand, however oil producers are unwilling to boost provide, one authorities official and two executives of state-run oil firms stated requesting anonymity.

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Tightening of output by oil producers’ cartel — the Organisation of the Petroleum Exporting Nations (OPEC) and its allies, significantly Russia (collectively OPEC+) — and rising demand after hope of quicker recoveries of world economies because of Covid-19 vaccines are two key causes for a bounce in worldwide oil costs. Benchmark Brent crude that was at $56.35 per barrel on February 1 jumped 9% at $61.47 on Wednesday, highest since January 2020. It, nonetheless, shed a number of the good points through the intraday commerce on the Thursday at $61.12 per barrel, down by 0.57%.

The federal government official talked about above dominated out any quick lower on Central excise to supply aid to shoppers from rising gas charges citing income considerations. “The Funds is introduced simply 10 days in the past. India’s fiscal deficit is sort of excessive at 9.5% of GDP [gross domestic product] in 2020-21 due to Covid-19 pandemic hit its financial system. The Funds has additionally proposed Rs12 lakh crore borrowings in FY-22 that might imply a excessive fiscal deficit of 6.8% subsequent fiscal yr. Beneath these circumstances, the federal government don’t have any area to right away lower excise duties of petrol and diesel,” the official stated.

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The Funds on February 1 imposed an agriculture Infrastructure and Improvement Cess (AIDC) of Rs2.5 per litre on petrol and Rs4 per litre on diesel, after decreasing Central excise on them by similar quantum to maintain the whole central tax unchanged. At present, central levy on petrol is Rs32.98 per litre and diesel is Rs31.83 a litre, marginally greater than their fundamental costs [excluding freight cost, dealer commission and state levies].


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