Banglahant Desk: Demand for petrol and diesel has declined in India due to the lockdown, while sales of cooking gas have increased by more than 12 per cent. This is what was informed by the Modi government on Saturday.
In India, the annual demand for petrol and diesel was expected to increase by 2.4 per cent. But due to the outbreak of corona, it has been reported to be reduced by 5.6 percent. In transport and agriculture, India's demand for diesel this year is 55.6 per cent lower than last year. On the other hand, petrol sales may fall by 60.6 per cent compared to last year. This year, 0.98 million tons of petrol may be sold. On the other hand, the demand for cooking gas has increased. As a result, sales have also increased. Cooking gas sales are still up 12.1 percent.
The Modi government has already imposed additional tariffs on oil. Excise duty was levied at Rs 10 per liter on petrol and Rs 13 per liter on diesel. The increased excise duty is effective from midnight on Tuesday. As a result, the countrymen will not get any benefit from the sinking oil price in the world market.
The Modi government has also doubled the subsidy on LPG cylinders to provide relief to the middle and lower classes. Earlier, consumers used to get Tk 153.8 for cooking gas subsidy, but now that amount has been increased to Tk 291.48.
Today, the price of petrol in Kolkata is Tk 83.30 per liter. Diesel is priced at Rs 75.62 per liter. The price of cooking gas is 564.50 rupees.