GUWAHATI: Taking the cue from Centre slashing excise duty on petrol and diesel on Wednesday, barring Meghalaya, all the other NDA-ruled NE states reduced VAT on the two fuel types one by one since Wednesday midnight.
While Assam, Manipur, Nagaland and Tripura reduced VAT on petrol and diesel by Rs 7 each, Arunachal Pradesh cut VAT on petrol by Rs 5.20 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 5.22 per litre.
Assam was the first to announce the VAT cut, which came soon after the Centre’s announcement. Of these states, Manipur goes to polls early next year.
Meghalaya, which is also under NDA, has the lowest VAT on fuel prices in the country, which is 20% on petrol and 12% on diesel. According to an official, the state government will take a call on further reduction on Friday.
Chief minister Himanta Biswa Sarma said in a tweet, “Heartening to learn Central Govt decision to reduce excise duty on petrol and diesel. In consonance with the decision of Honble PM @narendramodi, I am pleased to announce that Assam Govt will also reduce VAT on petrol and diesel each by Rs 7/- with immediate effect.”

Sarma, who had last week said that the state government was ready to cut its share of taxes on fuel if the high rates continue for a longer period, on Thursday said, “This reduction in VAT will hurt our development plans but it has been done to give relief to the people.” Nagaland chief minister Neiphiu Rio tweeted, “Happy to announce that the Government of Nagaland has reduced VAT on diesel and petrol and other motor spirit by Rs 7/- per litre, with immediate effect.”

In a similar tweet, Tripura chief minister Biplab Kumar Deb said, “A #Diwali gift by the central and state govt. Central govt cuts Excise Duty on Petrol & Diesel by Rs 5 & Rs 10 respectively & #Tripura govt cuts cost of petrol & diesel by Rs 7. After today’s decision Petrol & Diesel will cost Rs 98.33/lt & Rs 85.63/lt respectively in Agartala.”

Mizoram chief minister Zoramthanga in his tweet said, “Glad to announce that #Mizoram Govt. will reduce VAT on Petrol & Diesel each by Rs. 7/- with immediate effect from today. A progressive decision made by the Hon’ble Prime Minister Shri @narendramodi ji, resulting in excise duty reduction conveyed to us by Smt. @nsitharaman.”

Manipur chief minister Biren Singh tweeted, “Heartily welcome PM @narendramodi Ji’s decision to reduce excise duty on petrol & diesel as a gift to the people of this Nation on this Diwali. I’m also please to announce that the Govt. of Manipur will also reduce VAT on petrol and diesel each by Rs 7/- with immediate effect.”

On the other hand, Arunachal Pradesh chief minister Pema Khandu tweeted, “With the Central & State Govt decisions Petrol will now be Rs 91.87 per Ltr & Diesel Rs 79.83 per Ltr in the State w.e.f 12:00 AM of 5th Nov 2021. Consumers will benefit by Rs 10.20 per Ltr in Petrol & Rs 15.22 per ltr in Diesel after the relief given both by Centre and State Govt.”


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