Steps to save petroleum products

Dear Editor,

Since government is the biggest user of petroleum products, Union Government apart from cutting down its own expenditure should its austerity drive by announcing stiff measures for a drastic cut in consumption of petrol and diesel in the government:

Bigger and smaller sized cars for fixation of excise-duty should be done according to ex-factory value rather than length of the car. Cars with higher ex-factory price should have twice excise-factory, road-tax and other levies than for those with lower ex-factory price.

Manufacture of diesel-cars should be altogether banned. New cars with lower ex-factory price at cost of public-exchequer should be purchased at cost of public-exchequer including public-sector-undertakings (PSUs) except for President, Vice president, Prime Minister and foreign dignitaries. Government-loans to its employees including from public-sector should only towards small cars.

Car-loans by banks (private or public sector) and Non-Banking-Financial-Companies (NBFC) should be permitted only for small cars Meeting of finance-ministers from all states should be convened for uniform tax-structure (local and central) to have uniform net consumer-prices of petroleum products throughout the country. Huge price-difference to tune of 10-20 percent in different states is unfair.

Price so calculated should be rounded to next complete rupee in case of petrol, diesel, kerosene and CNG, while in case of cooking-gas, it should be in multiples of rupees fifty. This rounding-off can result in increased earnings for oil-companies. Large overheads and publicity-budget should be curtailed by merger of all public-sector oil-companies in one unified company.

Discounts on petrol/diesel purchased by affluent class through credit-cards should be abolished. An RTI response reveals that HPCL encourages more purchase of petrol/diesel because credit-card users usually get their tanks full by swap of credit-cards. Only branded petrol and diesel should be sold initially in urban areas, and then throughout the country on all retail-outlets.

New-look translucent LPG cylinders made of fibre-glass ensuring tamperproof full-load supply of LPG gas per cylinders should replace old iron-cylinders with one time replacement-cost rather than charging rupees 300 extra for every re-fill. LPG subsidy should only for those having submitted affidavits regarding their family-incomes.




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