Jharkhand govt seriously considering slashing taxes to reduce fuel price: Minister

Jharkhand Rural Development Minister Alamgir Alam Tuesday said the JMM-led government in the state is seriously considering to reduce taxes on fuel so that the people do not have to bear the brunt of the high prices. The Centre should have slashed the rates earlier as it was the general people who had to suffer due to the high cost of fuel, he told reporters in Pakur.

“As far as the Jharkhand government is concerned we are seriously considering to reduce the prices,” the minister said to queries by scribes about the state government’s stand on reducing its share of taxes on petrol and diesel as in BJP-ruled states.

“It may take little time as we are seriously considering the issue,” he said.

Alam said the Pakur district administration has been directed to initiate action against those responsible for revenue theft as well as against operators engaged in illegal stone quarry and coal mining.

“No illegal activity will be tolerated … The state exchequer was empty when we formed the government in the state. The state government has been working to increase the revenue from all sectors, including GST,” Alam, who is the local MLA , said.



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