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Patel to take up ATF issue with FM

The Civil Aviation Minister would once take up with Chidambaram the issue of rationalisation of taxes on Aviation Turbine Fuel.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 12:31 IST

Civil Aviation Minister Praful Patel on Tuesday said he would once again take up with the Finance Minister P Chidambaram the issue of rationalisation of taxes on Aviation Turbine Fuel (ATF).

"Since the ATF prices all over the world is shooting up and the tax structure on it is not conducive for growth of civil aviation industry in India. I'll be meeting the FM again to take up the issue," Patel said.

Patel said he had earlier met the Finance Minister and will be meeting him again soon.

The increasing cost of ATF may in turn raise the fares of airlines.

"With more and more people travelling by air, we would like to encourage the growth of this industry by addressing the issues of taxes on ATF," Patel said.

First Published: May 09, 2006 13:12 IST