It is indeed shocking and surprising how and why most-commonly used commodity petrol and diesel are kept outside the purview of Goods and Services Tax (GST) making prices of these products high and vastly difference in different states. In order to make prices of petrol and diesel uniform throughout the country, these products should also be under GST.
Then it will also be possible to have prices of petrol and diesel in complete rupees per litre without necessity of a daily change in prices till these cross the rounded-off prices. Likewise, price of LPG per cylinder should be rounded off in multiples of rupees ten. It is also time to merge all public-sector oil-companies to save largely on overheads and advertisements.
Subhash Chandra Agrawal
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