The move, which comes amid declining prices of crude oil in the international market, will boost government revenue and help it contain the fiscal deficit. The revised excise duty on petrol and diesel came into affect from Tuesday, official sources said.The move will have no impact on retail prices of petrol and diesel, they said.This is the second hike in excise duty in three weeks. On 12 November the government had raised the excise duty by Rs 1.50 per litre on both petrol and diesel but that did not have any impact on the retail prices. In view of the declining prices of crude, oil marketing companies had on Monday cut petrol price by 91 paise a litre, the seventh reduction since August, and diesel by 84 paise per litre, the third straight cut. Also Read – I-T issues 17-point checklist to trace unaccounted DeMO cashWhile the fall in global rates and the resultant cuts in retail prices have led to lower realisation on account of customs and VAT, particularly in case of state governments, there wasn’t any loss to the central government on account of reduction in petrol and diesel prices as excise duty on the two fuels is fixed and not ad valorem.Unbranded petrol at present attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.70 per litre, a special additional excise duty of Rs 6 a litre and a road cess of Rs 2 per litre. Unbranded diesel attracts a basic excise duty of Rs 2.96 a litre and road cess of Rs 2 per litre. The total excise duty on unbranded petrol will rise from Rs 10.70 to Rs 12.95 per litre and that on unbranded diesel from Rs 4.96 per litre to Rs 5.96. Brent rates, the benchmark grade for more than half of the world’s oil, have dropped to $68.34 a barrel, the lowest level since October 2009. Prices declined 18 per cent last month and are 38 per cent lower in 2014. Also Read – Lanka launches ambitious tourism programme to woo Indian touristsState-owned fuel retailers Indian Oil Corp (IOC), Bharat Petroleum Corp (BPCL) and Hindustan Petroleum Corp (HPCL), following the fortnightly review practice revised rates on Sunday. Petrol price was cut by 91 paisa a litre and diesel by 84 paisa. The seventh reduction in price since August has meant that petrol costs Rs 63.33 a litre in Delhi, Rs 10.27 per litre less than what it cost in July.The third reduction in diesel rates in one month has led to the price coming down to Rs 52.51 a litre. Oil firms revise rates of petrol, which was deregulated in June 2010, and diesel on 1st and 16th of every month based on average international oil price and rupee-US dollar exchange rate.
Kolkata: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee on Tuesday held a high-level meeting with the senior officials of various departments at Nabanna to issue directives to prevent dengue ahead of monsoon.It was earlier found that Metro railways construction sites across the city often became the breeding ground of mosquitoes. During her meeting, Banerjee asked the Chief Secretary Malay Dey to take up the issue with Metro Railway authorities for preventive steps. It was not possible for the Kolkata Municipal (KMC) workers to undertake conservancy drive in Metro construction sites. Also Read – Bose & Gandhi: More similar than apart, says Sugata BoseCM instructed officials of various civic bodies to take adequate precautionary measures ahead of monsoon. She instructed the civic bodies and fisheries department officials to release Gappi in water bodies so that the fish can kill the mosquito larva. Various civic bodies and fisheries department have been releasing the fish to check the breeding of mosquitoes. Banerjee directed senior officials of various civic bodies including the KMC to repair the potholes ahead of monsoon so that water is not accumulated there. She instructed the Bidhannagar Municipal Corporation officials to take adequate preventive measures as some dengue cases were reported from its jurisdiction areas last year. She asked the officials of the Public Works Department (PWD), Public Health Engineering (PHE), Irrigation and waterways department and other departments to pull up their socks to ensure that not a single case of dengue is reported in the next season. Also Read – Rs 13,000 crore investment to provide 2 lakh jobs: MamataBanerjee also stressed on the publications of advertisements so that people become aware about the preventive measures. While leaving Nabanna, the Chief Minister told the reports that state Education department has also been asked to spread awareness among the school students. State health department has been instructed to conduct anti-dengue drive at regular intervals. Municipalities and panchayats have been asked to take necessary steps by reaching to the grass roots level. They had been doing it and now they have been asked to do it more seriously. The state Education department and Women and Child Welfare department have also been asked to conduct rigorous campaign so that the students are aware about the precautionary measures. CM said that ASHA and ICDS workers who have been doing door-to-door campaigns to create awareness among people will be asked to be more proactive. The ASHA workers will reach out to rural areas and will ensure that accumulation of water does not take place.