Tamil Nadu Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami on Tuesday said that the state government is not in a condition to reduce sales tax on fuel.
Speaking to reporters, he said, “The central government is the one which gets more benefits from the fuel taxes and they are the reason behind the hike in price. Necessary measures should be taken to bring down the price. It is not possible for the state government to reduce VAT.”
The CM stated that the financial condition of Tamil Nadu is not feasible to bear the burden of tax reduction on fuel products. The state government requires funds to fuel various government welfare programs.
Meanwhile, Fisheries Minister D Jayakumar said the state government wants to reduce the fuel price, however they are not able to do so.
“If the central government settles the due of Rs 6,000 crore then the state will be able to reduce the fuel price,” he said.
This comes amid Opposition’s protests against the rising fuel prices. The Congress party, along with other opposition parties, called for a nationwide strike across the country on Monday to protest against the rising fuel prices and the falling value of the rupee against the US dollar.
In the wake of fuel price hike, Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) president MK Stalin on Monday urged the Centre to rollback central excise duty and provide urgent relief to the people from the backbreaking burden
He tweeted: “Total insensitivity of BJP-Modi Govt to the suffering of citizens due to #PetrolDieselPriceHike which has impacted other prices too. The anger of people is evident in #BharatBandh. I urge the Govt to rollback Central excise duty & provide urgent relief from the backbreaking burden.”