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Thursday, April 25 2024

Rajasthan Petrol Pumps Strike: 2-Day Protest for Tax Reduction

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To bring the government’s attention to the exorbitant cost of petrol in the state, the Rajasthan Petrol Dealers Association has declared a “No Purchase, No Sale” strike that would begin at 6 am on Sunday and last for 48 hours.

Talking to the news agency ANI, Treasurer of Rajasthan Petrol Dealers Association Sandeep Bageria said, “Rajasthan Petrol Dealers Association has announced a “No Purchase, No Sale” strike from 6 am for the next 48 hours. The aim is to draw the attention of the government to the high fuel prices in the state.”

Bageria said that the petrol pump operators in the state are continuously facing losses due to increased VAT in Rajasthan.

“Due to increased VAT in Rajasthan, petrol pump operators are continuously facing losses. We have been demanding the government reduce VAT for a long time, but no hearing is taking place. Petrol is being sold much cheaper in neighbouring states than in Rajasthan. Another demand is that the commission of dealers has not increased for the last 7 years. Due to this, most of the petrol pumps in Rajasthan are on the verge of closure,” he said.

“33 per cent of dealers in our trade association are on the verge of shutting down,” Bageria added.

Drawing attention to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s pledge to lower petrol costs, Bageria stated, “The BJP government was supposed to lower petrol prices, but that promise was broken. Given that Rajasthan has the highest gasoline VAT, the state’s gasoline prices must be lowered to be competitive with those of other states.”

“During COVID, the government had increased the VAT on petrol prices, which have not been revised,” he stated.

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