Congress leader Rahul Gandhi today examined the Center about its tax collections on gasoline and diesel, asking whether it is a government or a “greedy money lender old Hindi movies?
His attack came a day after Lok Sabha was informed that Union government tax collections on gasoline and diesel jumped 88 percent to Rs 3.35 lakh crore in the last fiscal year.
Tagging a press article on the issue, Rahul Gandhi said: “On the one hand, they induce people to take out loans, on the other hand, they earn indiscriminately through tax extortion.
“Is it a government or a money lender hungry for old Hindi movies?” The former congressman said in a Hindi tweet using the hashtag “#TaxExtortion”.
Excise duties on gasoline were raised from Rs 19.98 per liter to Rs 32.9 last year to recoup gains from falling international oil prices to a multi-year low as the pandemic affected Requirement.
The same on diesel was increased to Rs 31.8 against Rs 15.83 per liter, according to a written response from Minister of State for Oil and Natural Gas Rameswar Teli in Lok Sabha.
This led to excise collections on gasoline and diesel which rose to Rs 3.35 lakh crore in 2020-21 (April 2020 to March 2021), compared to Rs 1.78 lakh crore a year ago , did he declare.
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