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Assam State Assembly Election is still two months away but the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is already paving the way to woo voters. The state’s finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma withdrew additional cess on petrol, diesel and alcohol on Friday.
In Assam, current rates of petrol is Rs 90.41 per litre and diesel Rs 84.29 per litre. With the withdrawal of the Covid-induced tax, price of petrol will come down to Rs 85.41 a litre and diesel will be Rs 79.29 a litre.
Assam finance minister Himanta Biswa Sarma on Friday announced that the additional cost of Rs 5 per litre each imposed on petrol and diesel and 25% excise duty on liquor during Covid-19 pandemic peak have been withdrawn while seeking the vote on accounts in the assembly ahead of the assembly election.
“These additional taxes were imposed because of the Covid-19 situation. It would not be ethical to continue with these taxes as the pandemic situation has improved vastly,” said Sarma.
“With this price of petrol per litre in Assam will be second lowest in the country after Gujarat and the price of diesel will also be one of the lowest after Haryana, Himachal Pradesh and UP. This reductions will result in loss of Rs 80 crore per month to the state,” Sarma said.
“When the Covid-19 pandemic was at its peak, we had to increase taxes on petrol and diesel. With the Covid-19 situation improving and the additional burden on the health sector reducing, the state Cabinet today approved withdrawal of the additional taxes on fuels and liquor,” Sarma said.