Maharashtra govt. may hike excise duty on alcohol to make petrol cheaper

Nation Next Newsroom | Sep 21, 2018 15:59

Maharashtra government in an attempt to reduce the skyrocketing fuel prices the state, might increase the excise duty on Indian-made foreign liquor (IMFL). According to an official, the move would lead to the creation of a fiscal space for reducing taxes on petrol and diesel. However, there has been no increase in the excise duty on IMFL since 2013.

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PTI quoted a senior official by saying, “The idea is to increase the excise duty on IMFL, especially on the largely consumed mid-segment liquors, so that government would earn more revenue. Then we can reduce taxes on petrol and diesel and counter the criticism of soaring fuel prices.”