Mumbai: In a relief to the citizens of Maharashtra and Gujarat, the two states have slashed value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel.
The Gujarat government on Tuesday reduced the VAT on petrol and diesel by 4 percent, becoming the first state to announce a reduction in VAT, while the Maharashtra government has decided to slash prices of petrol and diesel by Rs 2 and Rs 1 respectively, effective midnight.
The reduction in tax comes just before Diwali in Gujarat, where the Assembly polls are due around the year-end.
"After the central government's instructions, Gujarat has decided to reduce VAT on petrol and diesel by 4 percent from today mid-night," chief minister Vijay Rupani said at a press meet here.
With this rate cut, the price of petrol will come down by Rs 2.93 and that of diesel by Rs 2.72 in the state, he said.
The effective price of petrol in Gujarat from mid-night will be Rs 66.53 per liter and that of diesel Rs 60.77 per liter, the chief minister added.
Because of this move, the state government will suffer a loss of Rs 2,316 crore annually.
"But we have taken this decision in the interest of people," Rupani said.
The lowering of tax in the poll-bound Gujarat follows Union finance minister Arun Jaitley recently writing to all state governments nudging them to reduce taxes on petrol and diesel. The Center had recently brought down excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 2 per liter.