After the Centre reduced excise duty on fuel, Northeast states including Tripura, Assam, Nagaland, Arunachal Pradesh, Manipur, Mizoram and Sikkim also decided to slash petrol and diesel prices from Thursday.
Meanwhile, Meghalaya in the only northeast state that has not reduced fuel prices even after a reduction in excise duty was announced by the Central government on Wednesday.
Assam chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma tweeted: “Heartening to learn Central Govt decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel. In consonance with the decision of Honble PM @narendramodi, I am pleased to announce that Assam Govt will also reduce VAT on petrol and diesel each by Rs 7/- with immediate effect @nsitharaman.”
Tripura Chief Minister Biplab Kumar Deb described this as a Diwali gift by the central and state governments to the 37 lakh people of Tripura.
“Following Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji led central govt’s decision on reduction of excise duty on petrol & diesel, #Tripura govt has also decided to reduce petrol & diesel cost by Rs 7 from tomorrow,” Deb tweeted.
The Centre on Wednesday cut the excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 10 respectively to bring down retail rates from record highs.
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“After today’s decision Petrol & Diesel will cost Rs 98.33/lt & Rs 85.63/lt respectively in Agartala,” Deb said in another tweet.
Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu tweeted: “With the Central & State Govt decisions Petrol will now be ₹91.87 per Ltr & Diesel ₹79.83 per Ltr in the State w.e.f 12:00 AM of 5th Nov 2021. Consumers will benefit by ₹10.20 per Ltr in Petrol & ₹15.22 per ltr in Diesel after the relief given both by Centre and State Govt.”
Manipur chief minister N Biren Singh had tweeted on Wednesday: “Heartily welcome PM Narendra Modi Ji’s decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel as a gift to the people of this Nation on this Diwali.
“I’m also please to announce that the Govt. of Manipur will also reduce VAT on petrol and diesel each by Rs 7 with immediate effect,” he tweeted.
A statement issued by Manipur finance department (expenditure section) on Thursday said the Manipur government has reduced its Value Added Tax (VAT) by Rs 7 per litre on both petrol and diesel effective November 4.
The effective reduction in price of petrol will be Rs 12 per litre and of diesel by Rs 17 per litre. With this, the price of petrol will now be Rs 99.38 per litre against Rs 111.35 per litre, while the price of diesel is reduced to Rs 82.51 per litre from Rs 99.39.
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In Mizoram on Thursday, petrol prices fell to Rs 101.30 per litre, cheaper by Rs 5.82 per litre while the diesel is now sold at Rs 86.37 per litre, a cut by Rs 11.52 per litre.
This is a sharp drop from yesterday’s rate of Rs. 107.12 for petrol and Rs 97.89 per litre for diesel.
The prices of extra premium fuel have dropped to Rs 104.94 per litre on Thursday from Rs 110.76 per litre on the previous day.
Chief Minister Zoramthanga announced that his government will reduce Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel each by Rs. 7 per litre with immediate effect from Thursday.
“Glad to announce the Mizoram Govt. will reduce VAT on petrol and diesel each by Rs 7 with immediate effect from today,” he tweeted.
He said that the progressive decision made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi resulting in the reduction of excise duty on petrol and diesel was conveyed to the state government by Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharam.
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A notification issued by the state taxation department on Thursday said that the tax rate of high-speed diesel has been reduced to 5.23 per cent per litre from the existing and 14.5 per cent per litre, while the tax rate for petrol was reduced to 16.36 per cent per litre from the existing 25 per cent.
Meanwhile, Sikkim chief minister Prem Singh Tamang tweeted: “Good News on the Occasion of Diwali. Recently, the Centre Government under the leadership of Hon’ble PM Shri @narendramodi Ji made an announcement regarding the reduction in the excise duty on petrol and diesel.
Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted: “Happy to announce that the Government of Nagaland has reduced VAT on diesel and petrol and other motor spirit by Rs 7/- per litre, with immediate effect. FuelPricesSlashed@PMOIndia@nsitharaman.”
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