Nirmala Sitharaman Dharam Sankat remark: Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman sparked a row with her remark on the fuel price hike.
Giving remark on the fuel price hike, Nirmala Sitharaman stated that “Reducing taxes on petrol and diesel was a dharam sankat (dilemma).”
Later, she emphasised how taxes were an important source of revenue for the government. She said that for the burden on customers to reduce, both the Centre and States need to talk.
The petrol and diesel prices in India remained unchanged for the third straight day on Friday, as oil marketing companies kept the rates on hold.
In Delhi, petrol and diesel were being sold at Rs Rs 90.93 per litre and Rs 81.32 per litre, respectively. However, in Mumbai, people have to pay Rs 97.34 per litre for petrol and Rs 88.44 per litre for diesel.
Since February 9 the fuel prices have been rising continuously.
On Thursday, the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) Governor Shaktikanta Das said that there was a need for coordinated action between the centre and states to reduce taxes on fuel prices.
There was a need for coordinated action between the centre and states as there were inherent taxes levied by both, the Governor said.
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