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.
SUBHASH CHANDRA AGRAWAL
1775, Kucha Lattushah
Dariba, Chandni Chowk
New Delhi-110006 (India)