WB petrol dealers demand roll back of price hike
West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association on Tuesday demanded a roll back in the petrol and diesel prices.india Updated: Jun 06, 2006 15:59 IST
Protesting against the increase in prices of petrol and diesel, the West Bengal Petroleum Dealers Association on Tuesday demanded a roll back in the interests of the common people.
The association urged the state government to take immediate steps to reduce the high quantum of sales tax and cess on petroleum products, Tushar Kanti Sen, its working president, said in Kolkata.
The Centre, he said, should have taken steps to reduce the existing rates of import and excise duties to avoid any price hike. But the government had ignored ground realities and allowed the hike demanded by oil companies to take care of losses incurred by them due to the rise in the price of crude oil in the global market.
The oil companies were earning more on enhanced refining charges, he said.
The Association had made several representations to the petroleum ministry and the state government with concrete suggestions, which if implemented, would have helped neutralise the losses incurred by oil companies to a great extent.