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Kochi: As fuel prices continue to burden the commoners, both the state and union governments have earned record revenue by imposing taxes worth crores in recent years.
For instance, Kerala Government has collected Rs 34,000 crores in taxes in the past four years. The figure was revealed in an RTI reply received by Popular Channel President MK Haridas.
In a controversial move, the state government also decided to levy an additional 2 per cent fuel cess from April onwards. However, the government didn't reveal the revenue earned since April.
In 2021, Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman revealed that Union Government earned nearly Rs 8.02 lakh crore from taxes on petrol and diesel during the previous three fiscal years, with Rs 3.71 lakh crore revenue received in FY21 alone.