In Himachal, the VAT was already
very low and the government had reduced VAT on petrol from 27 to 20 per cent and
on diesel from 20 per cent to 14 per cent and further reduced it to 9.70 per
cent, Dhumal said.
The UPA should first advise the Congress and its allies led states to take such
a step and cut VAT on petrol, the chief minister said.
Dhumal also asserted that "it is strange that the Centre which has the biggest
kitty of funds collected through direct and indirect taxes was asking the states
passing through financial crunch to take the lead and was itself not coming
forward to give succour to the people".
"The state government was doing its best to save energy and had even supplied
four CFL bulbs free of cost to all domestic consumers, besides giving subsidy
worth Rs 300 crore on electricity and food grains of all categories.
Supplying free uniforms to all school-going girls and boys under the Atal School
Uniform Scheme by Himachal government was another step to give relief to the
people, he added.
IBNLive.com, India, dated 26/05/2012