High gas, diesel prices in India prompt smuggling of fuel
NEW DELHI: Pump prices are so high in India that some of the gasoline and diesel exported to neighboring countries is being smuggled back through porous land borders.
A t ker loaded with 1,360 liters of diesel that was being smuggled to India, where pump prices are at a record, was held last week in Nepal, the police said in a statement.
Pump prices of gasoline, which have breached the Rs 100 a liter mark in several parts of India, are the highest in the South Asian region, according to data compiled by GlobalPetrolPrices.com.
Ironically, Nepal gets all its petroleum fuels from India, which also exports to neighbors Bangladesh and Sri Lanka.
“Smuggling has become rampant as prices are cher in Nepal because of tax differentiation,” said Ravi Bharti, who operates a gas station at Adapur in Bihar, less than 2 miles from the Nepal border. “This is severely impacting our sales.”
While the increase in pump rates is the result of a sharp recovery in the prices of global crude oil, taxes have remained stubbornly high, making up closer to 60% of what consumers pay in India.
Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his oil minister Dharmendra Pradhan have been fending off criticism by shifting the blame for high prices on previous go nments and production cuts by some oil exporting nations.
At 60 rupees a litre, BJP was holding bike rallies and lying down on roads on dharnas. Now at 100 rupees they are quiet.
Rohit Joseph Deka
To all Middle class, PSU employees and yougstars, NEVER EVER VOTE BJP/ MODI. They will kill your jobs, career, life, family.
Keep voting for this idiot. People who ve for him are even bigger idiots.
Rohit Joseph Deka
Atleast CONGRESS never ever directly loed from common citizen. BUT this BXXXXTRDS BJP/ MODI detroying all middle class family. MODI = BURDEN FOR MIDDLE CLASS.
Modi hai to Mumkin hai.
People who use cars are rich people. During covid goverment had to spend a lot on serving Indias poor. Vaccine costing crores are given free. Petrol and liquor are the only commodities that gt earn money for welfare.
If we can buy a car costing 10 lakhs we can also spend ₹100 to fill petrol.
PM - Promising Man, who never keeps promises.
If the Congress were in Gov now, the price would be Rs 200/-. Now be happy and pay Rs 100/- or ride bicycle which is good for health!
This will lead to petrol and diesel ming with kerosene which will be bad for vehicles.
Start using public transport instead of your private vehicles help go nment to import less. Jai Hind
NEPAL, BURMA, BHUTAN, BANGLADESH are the countries who mostly procures its petrol from India and they sell the same for their citizens cher
Except the bhakts, everyone are criticising PM. Petrol rise will have a huge impact in coming ions.
The Gt has had ample time to correct the mistakes of the previous Gt. If its the first year BJP then the blame game would work out. Infact irrespective of the reason, it’s making a big impact in our day to day life especially for middle class and lower middle class families. The trend is discouraging businesses as well.
vempati Ratna Joshi
finally it's proved that congress is better than BJP for common man besides scams.
How can previous go nment is responsible for present fuel price rise. Only bhakt understand modi's logic.
the real culprit are the vers in favour of Modiji and BJP in 2019. Modiji and BJP will ensure by 2024 there is no middle class only rich and poor.