Auto-rickshawS union demanded complete removal of value added tax (VAT) on CNG in a meeting with State Energy Minister Saurabh Patel on Monday and said they should be allowed to use petrol as an alternative arrangement.
Gujarat Rajya Auto-rickshaw Chalak Parivar Seva Samiti president Ashok Panjabi,who led the Samiti representatives,said the minister gave an indication that the state government could consider permitting use of petrol in auto-rickshaws rather than conceding to their demand of total removal of VAT on CNG exclusively for auto-rickshaws. The Samiti also urged the minister to roll back the recent hike in the CNG price.
Our two leaders,Harihar Mishra and Kirit Amin,will sit on a two-day hunger strike from Wednesday. If our demands are not met by April 25,we will go for state-wide protest on May 1,the foundation day of the state of Gujarat, Panjabi said. As of now,the prices of petrol and CNG are almost equal,he said,which will lead auto-rickshaw operators to revert to petrol even if it involves the purchase of a new vehicle. Patel told the delegation to meet Finance Minister Nitin Patel.