04 July, 2017
Most segments of the petroleum and gas industry are not included in the GST, but with liquefied petroleum gas (LPG) coming under the new indirect tax regime, consumers in Delhi will be paying Rs 32 more from this month for a subsidised cylinder of cooking gas.
After a 5% levy on subsidised cooking gas cylinders (LPG) under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), the prices of this category went up by up to Rs 32 per cylinder.
Besides Delhi, subsidised LPG price has been hiked by Rs 31.67 per cylinder to Rs 480.32 in Kolkata and Rs 31.41 in Chennai to Rs 465.56.
"This is affecting the people, the poor especially". Domestic LPG attracted zero custom and excise duty.
In Bangalore, the price of 14.2 kg subsidised LPG cylinder post-GST is Rs 477/ refill. Pre-GST, most states did not tax LPG, while others levied value added tax (VAT) ranging between 2 per cent and 4 per cent. This is the steepest increase in domestic subsidised LPG rate since June 25, 2011, a hike of Rs 50 per cylinder, which was necessitated due to a jump in global oil prices. The government is just making a profit by doing so.
He claimed that food and beverages, helmets, hair oil, toothpaste, tea, coffee, butter, curd, cement and mineral water were some of the items whose prices have shot up, notwithstanding the governments assurance that their rates would drop once the GST was in force.
He has termed GST as "savings gayi tumhari".
"It is a big blow to the common people, particularly the poor, labourers".