The COVID-19 cess on high speed diesel and motor spirit (petrol) came to effect on the midnight of April 28 Credit: Representational image

Shillong: Falling in line with other states in India, Meghalaya cabinet on Friday has decided to provide a relief on the fuel prices in the state.

Meghalaya has decided to reduce the VAT on petrol from 20% to 13.5%. As for diesel, it will be reduced from 12% to 5% per litre.

Briefing the mediapersons, deputy chief minister Prestone Tynsong said the new rates will be in place from tonight. “Meghalaya is once again a state that charges lowest tax on petrol and diesel,” said Tynsong.

With this relief, the state is expected to incur approximately Rs 100 cr revenue loss for five months from November 2021 to March 2022.

Citing a comparison, Tynsong said that today the price of petrol in Guwahati is Rs 94.58 rupees per litre, whereas in Meghalaya, in Byrnihat, it is Rs 92.38 per litre and in Shillong it is Rs 93.91 per litre.

“We are providing a relief of Rs 10. As for diesel, in Guwahati it is Rs 81.29 per litre and in Byrnihat it is Rs 79.41 and in Shillong Rs 80.57 per litre,” said Tynsong.

Meghalaya is the last state in northeast India to announce a reduction in prices of petrol and diesel after a reduction in excise duty was announced by the Central government on Wednesday.

Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim have already announced that they will slash petrol and diesel prices from Thursday.

Pressure group HYC writes to CM

Earlier on Friday, pressure group Hynniewtrep Youths’ Council (HYC) had written to Chief Minister Conrad Sangma, urging him to reduce the VAT on petrol and diesel in the state.

HYC general secretary Roy Synrem said the Centre’s decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10, respectively, is significant, and will help the poor and the marginalised section of society by keeping inflation in check.

The Meghalaya Joint Action Committee of Commercial Vehicles also warned the government on Friday of an agitation if no relief was announced soon.

Committee chairman Wandonbok Jyrwa had said the common man will suffer if the state government does not cut petrol and diesel prices like the other states.

“We have already submitted a memorandum to Union Minister Amit Shah ji during the last visit to the state for including petrol and diesel under the ambit of GST but it looks like the government is still looking at it,” said Jyrwa.

He said taxi drives in the state were already suffering due to high permit rates, restriction on number of passengers allowed to be ferried and increasing petrol prices.

Also read: NE states, except Meghalaya, slash fuel prices after excise duty cut

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