Petrol dealers in Haryana, who have decided to go on an indefinite strike from Monday against the recent hike in the value added tax (VAT) on fuel, have said that they would withdraw the stir only if all their demands are accepted.
The Haryana petroleum dealers association (HPDA) has put forward four demands.
“The HPDA has been demanding exemption of tax on evaporation loss of petroleum products, as approved by the law,” said Dinesh Goyal, HPDA president.
“There is a loss of about 24 litres on the transportation of every 12,000- litre carrier of diesel and 90 litres on the transportation of 12,000 litres of petrol. The law approves the loss and clearly states that it will not be taxed. But it is an irony that the government levies tax on the total 12,000 litres,” Goyal said.
He also protested levying of commercial property tax on filling stations, saying that as per the law, these were supposed to be treated as storage places. Goyal said that storage property tax should be levied on the filling stations. There are 2,310 filling stations in Haryana.
The HPDA president said that petroleum dealers felt “cheated” as the government has increased VAT despite an assurance by BJP state president Subhash Barala on July 12 that it would not be hiked.
“With the increase, now diesel in Haryana is costliest in the region. It is cheaper in all other states like Punjab, Himachal Pradesh, Chandigarh and Delhi. This is causing a huge loss to dealers in Haryana,” he said.
Goyal also reiterated the HPDA’s demand that the government should allow 15-yearold diesel vehicles to ply in he state.