Thiruvananthapuram: Welcoming the central government’s decision to cut excise duty on petrol and diesel prices, the Kerala government has announced cut in state tax on fuel prices on Saturday. Finance Minister KN Balagopal informed that the government will cut tax on petrol by Rs 2.41 and diesel by Rs 1.36.
The finance minister took to his Facebook page to make the major announcement.
Announcing the cut on state tax, Kerala Finance Minister K N Balagopal said the Union government has partially reduced the huge tax imposed by it. He, however, welcomed the Centre's decision.
"The Union government has partially reduced the huge tax on petrol and diesel. Kerala government welcomes this decision," Balagopal said in a statement.
"...state government will reduce state tax on the price of petrol and diesel by Rs 2.41 and Rs 1.36 per litre respectively," he said.
The Union government on Saturday cut excise duty on petrol by a record Rs 8 per litre and that on diesel by Rs 6 per litre to give relief to consumers battering under high fuel prices that has also pushed inflation to a multi-year high.
The excise duty cut will translate into a reduction of Rs 9.5 a litre on petrol and Rs 7 a litre in diesel after taking into account its impact on other levies.
(With inputs from PTI)