Global oil prices fall to 2002 low; petrol, diesel rates unchanged in India

Intercontinental oil price ranges on Monday plunged to a seventeen-yr low but retail petrol and…

Intercontinental oil price ranges on Monday plunged to a seventeen-yr low but retail petrol and diesel price ranges in India remained on freeze as oil businesses ongoing to established off gains towards the excise duty hiked by the authorities.

Brent crude futures dropped to all around USD 23 for each barrel – the lowest due to the fact November 2002, while US crude briefly dipped below USD 20 as coronavirus lockdowns dried up demand from customers while the crude surplus ballooned.

Petrol and diesel price ranges in India, even so, remained on freeze for the 14th day in a row. Costs had been previous revised on March 16 and due to the fact then oil corporations go on to change the drop towards the Rs 3 for each litre hike in excise duty on two fuels done by the authorities.

In Delhi, petrol is priced at Rs sixty nine.59 for each litre while in Mumbai it comes for Rs 75.30. Diesel is priced at Rs 62.29 for each litre in Delhi and Rs sixty five.21 in Mumbai.

The excise duty hike, which would give the authorities Rs 39,000 crore supplemental income, could have led to an improve in retail price ranges by Rs 3 for each litre just about every, but the oil businesses did not go on the improve. Rather, they held changing it towards the drop in intercontinental crude price ranges.
 

Petrol pump

A closed petrol pump through janata curfew, in the wake of coronavirus pandemic, in Prayagraj on Sunday. picture:pti

Soon just after the excise duty hike, the authorities took authorisation from Parliament to elevate excise duty on petrol and diesel by Rs eight for each litre just about every in upcoming.

Right after the March fourteen improve in taxes, the full incidence of excise duty on petrol has risen to Rs 22.98 for each litre and that on diesel to Rs 18.eighty three.

The tax on petrol was Rs 9.forty eight for each litre when the Modi authorities took workplace in 2014 and that on diesel was Rs 3.fifty six a litre.

The BJP-led authorities had concerning November 2014 and January 2016 raised excise duty on petrol and diesel on nine situations to consider absent gains arising from plummeting world-wide oil price ranges.

In all, duty on petrol charge was hiked by Rs eleven.77 for each litre and that on diesel by thirteen.forty seven a litre in all those fifteen months that helped the government’s excise mop-up additional than double to Rs 2,forty two,000 crore in 2016-seventeen from Rs ninety nine,000 crore in 2014-fifteen.

It reduce excise duty by Rs 2 in Oct 2017 and by Rs 1.fifty a yr later on. But, it raised excise duty by Rs 2 for each litre in July 2019.

The Saudi-Russia oil value war, merged with the destruction of demand from customers by the coronavirus pandemic, has led to the slump in intercontinental premiums.

Globally, one hundred million barrels of oil is generally eaten day-to-day, but forecasters forecast as much as a quarter of that has disappeared in just a number of months.