Mockery of Reduction in Petrol and Diesel Prices: CPIM
The cut in central excise duty of Rs. 5 per litre for petrol and Rs. 10 per litre for diesel provides no relief to the people who are suffering from the growing burden of higher prices of petroleum production.
This token reduction must be seen in the light of the fact that central excise constitutes Rs. 33 per litre of petrol and Rs. 32 per litre of diesel.
The Central government has made this meagre reduction from excise duties that are sharable with the states. However, it continues to collect special additional excise duty (surcharge) amounting to Rs. 74,350 crores; additional excise duty (cess) amounting to Rs. 1,98,000 crore; and other cess and surcharges amounting to Rs. 15,150 crores, totaling a whopping Rs. 2.87 lakh crores that are not sharable with the states.
The Polit Bureau demands that these additional cess and surcharges must be withdrawn immediately to provide some meaningful relief to the people.
The Polit Bureau condemns the decision of the Central government not to procure paddy at MSP prices from certain states under the specious argument that the Central godowns are full. Foodgrains rotting in godowns must be distributed free to the needy.
This cruel decision comes at a time when the farmers have been in a historic struggle for a year demanding the repeal of the Agri Laws and the legal right to sell at MSP for all crops.
The Polit Bureau demands that the Centre must procure all crops at MSP.