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What did the Petroleum Minister argue for not reducing the price of petrol and diesel, put this responsibility on the states

Petrol Diesel Rate: Union Petroleum and Natural Gas Minister Hardeep Singh Puri has said that the Central Government is appealing to the states to reduce the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel for the relief to the consumers. The Center is facing all-round criticism over the high fuel prices in the country.

Hardeep Puri was on a visit to Chhattisgarh
Hardeep Puri had come to Mahasamund of Chhattisgarh on a day’s visit. It has been placed in the ‘Aspirational Districts’ under the central scheme. that prime minister Narendra Modi Came here to review various government schemes under the ‘Social Justice Fortnight’ being celebrated at the national level.

Efforts to keep petrol and diesel prices under control- Hardeep Puri
Puri said, “Our effort is to keep the prices of petrol and diesel under control. That is why the Center had reduced the excise duty on petrol and diesel last year. The Center had asked the states to do the same.

States should reduce VAT on petrol and diesel – Hardeep Singh Puri
Puri said that VAT on petrol and diesel in Chhattisgarh is 24 per cent. “If it is brought down to 10 per cent, then prices will automatically come down. When consumption is increasing, even 10 per cent VAT is too high.” He said, “I am neither the finance minister nor control the international prices. Right now it is our effort that the central government will fulfill the responsibility it has and appeals are being made to the state governments.” Puri mentioned that all the BJP-ruled states have reduced VAT on petrol and diesel.

Talk about Prime Minister’s Housing Scheme
On the question of not getting the amount under the Pradhan Mantri Awas Yojana in rural areas for the last two and a half years, he said that there is no problem in urban areas. There is a problem in rural areas and the matter will be discussed with the state government.

State Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel expressed anger
Regarding the visit of the Union Minister in the state, Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel said that he has come to do politics in the state and to find his land. Baghel said that the Union Minister has gone out to visit the aspirational districts here. Government of India does not give extra money to these aspirational districts. Seven districts of Bastar region are Naxal affected and are aspirational districts. He used to get Rs 50 crore per annum till the year 2021, it has been stopped.

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