The newly formed Eknath Shinde-led government on Thursday decided to reduce the value added tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by Rs 5 and Rs 3 per litre respectively.
The decision was taken during a state Cabinet meeting led by CM Shinde and Deputy CM Devendra Fadnavis. Soon after taking charge, Fadnavis had announced that VAT on fuel will be reduced, similar to other BJP-ruled states.
Speaking at a press conference after the meeting, Shinde said, “The central government had reduced VAT on November 4 and May 22 and PM Narendra Modi had also urged states to do so. However, the previous Mahavikas Aghadi government did not pay any heed to the request made by the Centre. We studied the financial situation and decided to reduce the VAT on petrol and diesel. As a result, petrol will be cheaper by Rs 5 per litre and diesel by Rs 3 per litre. This will lead to a financial burden of Rs 6,000 crore on the state.”
Shinde added that PM Narendra Modi had called him on Thursday morning and told him about the Covid-19 vaccine booster shots for the 18-59 age group. He added that the decision would be implemented by state as it will help bring down the positivity rate.
Shinde further stated that the second part of the Swachh Bharat Mission would also be implemented in the state and the urban development department of Maharashtra will look after it. He also promised that water supply sources would be rejuvenated.
The government also decided that the chiefs of nagar parishad and nagar panchayat, and the gram panchayat sarpanch would be elected directly — a move that was first brought about by the BJP government that ruled the state from 2014 to 2019 and was rescinded by the MVA government.
Fadnavis said that pension for those who faced harassment during the Emergency period would also be resumed, again a move that was brought about by the BJP government in 2018 and stopped by the MVA government in 2020. He added that there are 3,600 such pension holders and 800 applications are pending.