Titled #GST4petrol, the campaign already received close to 3,200 signatures and people are actively joining in, said city-based activist B N Kumar.
NAVI MUMBAI: With the zooming petrol prices zooming social activists have renewed their online campaign for bringing fuel under the purview of GST.
“We renewed the campaign keeping the message simple, just reminding the Prime Minister Narendra Modi that he had vehemently and rightly opposed fuel price hike when he was the opposition leader,” said Kumar. Modi was right that the fuel price hike would adversely impact the common man, the online petition said.
Petrol prices in Mumbai and Navi Mumbai are less than Rs 2 short of the Rs 100 mark which is already prevailing on some other parts of the country. Nearly two third of the cost of petrol goes in central and state taxes, official data shows.
“Government after government have not been able to solve this knotty issue of fuel price rise that has cascading affects. It is high time the government acted. Hence we are renewing our campaign.” Kumar said.
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Stating that the different high taxes by the Centre and State have been leading to disputes and debates, Kumar said the only remedy is to bring fuel under GST which will ensure the maximum taxes of 18%.
Union Minister Nitin Gadkari and BJP leader Subramaniam Swami also advocated GST for fuel.
It does not need an expert economist to tell you that the fuel price hike leads to food inflation immediately, Kumar said.
Kharghar-based activist Naresh Chandra Singh said the fuel price hike has become “too much of a burden” for the common man. “Today, we are certainly not in the best of our times,” he pointed out and said the government must realise the people’s pain and do something.
Singh admitted that there is nothing much that the government can do about the globally fluctuating crude prices, but it could bring down the taxes.
Bringing fuel under the purview of GST appears to be the best solution so that the tax burden will come down, said Uran activist Tukaram Koli.
“How long will the common have to suffer,” asked Agnelo Alphanso, a resident of Kopar Khairane. “The price rise is killing and we are unable to move around even for our essential work due to the unreasonable cost of petrol,” he said.