PUNE: There is no respite for the common man from rising fuel prices as the State government has decided not to withdraw the cess levied on petrol and diesel for generating the drought relief fund for farmers saying that the drought is a perennial problem and occurs every three years.
Addressing a press meet on Wednesday, State BJP chief Raosaheb Danve reiterated that the cess on fuel will stay forever. “No one can predict drought. It is a phenomenon that the State experiences every three years. So, the cess levied on fuel is going to stay permanently,” Danve told the media.
Petrol prices in the State have reached an all-time high, despite falling crude oil prices in the international markets. However, the common man is not getting the benefit of decreasing oil prices due to various taxes levied on fuel products by the State and the Centre.
When Danve was asked about a possible withdrawal of the cess levied against the backdrop of good rainfall in the State for the past two years, he said that no one can predict drought. Hence, the cess will not be withdrawn. In fact, it will stay.
Danve was in the city to review the functioning of the party’s city unit. He briefed the media about the farm loan waiver and said, “Out of 89 lakh beneficiary farmers in the State so far, 72 lakh farmers have filled up the farm loan waiver forms online. Their loans will be waived off in October.”
When asked about Narayan Rane’s entry into the BJP, Danve avoided a direct reply and said a decision pertaining to Rane will be taken at the right time.