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Diesel, LPG prices may go up again

Last updated on: January 4, 2013 17:38 IST

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Diesel, kerosene and cooking gas Liquefied Petroleum gas prices may be hiked soon as the government considers Vijay Kelkar Committee recommendations on cutting fiscal deficit.

The Kelkar Committee, which was appointed by Finance Ministry to suggest a roadmap for fiscal consolidation, has suggested immediate hike in fuel prices and complete deregulation of diesel prices by start of 2014-15 fiscal.

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It also suggested raising kerosene and LPG rates.

"That (Vijay Kelkar committee recommendation on deregulating diesel and raising kerosene and LPG rates) is a proposal.

"It is still at proposal stage.

The (Petroleum) Ministry is only processing that report and we are yet to take a decision," Oil Minister M Veerappa Moily told reporters in New Delhi.

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Image: A worker (R) fills plastic containers with petrol at a pump in Kolkata.
Photographs: Parth Sanyal/Reuters

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The panel had in September recommended 'immediate increase in Petroleum prices.

'This should be continued in the next year in such a way that the prices of diesel are fully deregulated by the start of 2014-15.

'The prices of kerosene and LPG also should be revised regularly to keep the subsidy levels at affordable levels.'

Price of diesel, which currently costs Rs 47.15 per litre in Delhi, was last revised on September 14 when it was hiked by a steep Rs 5.63 per litre.

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Kerosene rates have not changed since June 2011 and it currently costs Rs 14.79 per litre in Delhi.

State-owned oil companies currently sell diesel at a loss of Rs 10.16 per litre, kerosene at Rs 32.17 a litre and LPG at Rs 490.50 per 14.2-kg cylinder.

Moily said the government was also considering raising the cap on supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders to 9 per household in a year from current limit of six.


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