Chandigarh, Jun 9 (IANS): The Petrol Pump Sellers Affiliation on Thursday requested Punjab’s AAP authorities as to why solely liquor, not petrol and diesel costs, had been decreased to convey them on a par with neighbouring Himachal Pradesh, the place gasoline is the most cost effective in northern India.
Himachal has grown its income from fuels to almost double in final 4 years, whereas Punjab is shedding its share within the border districts of Pathankot, Hoshiarpur Nawanshahr, Ropar, and Mohali attributable to costs being lesser within the neighboring Jammu, Himachal Pradesh and Chandigarh.
The Punjab authorities had decreased value-added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel on November 8, 2021, which resulted in rise in sale within the districts adjoining Haryana and Rajasthan, affiliation spokesperson Monty Gurmeet Sehgal advised IANS.
It additionally resulted in elevated VAT assortment, whereas the districts adjoining Chandigarh, Himachal and Jammu are nonetheless struggling and greater than 80 per cent gross sales have shifted to those states, he stated.
Curiously, Himachal decreased VAT by Rs 2 per litre and Punjab elevated VAT by Rs 2 per litre throughout Covid-19 restrictions in place, which resulted within the distinction of greater than Rs 8 per litre in diesel, leading to mass shift of shoppers to Himachal Pradesh.
The affiliation demanded discount of VAT on petrol and diesel by a minimum of Rs 3 per litre in petrol and Rs 7 per litre in diesel to convey costs on a par with Himachal to revive gross sales of the border district retailers and supply aid to farmers, transporters and business of Punjab.