Thursday, November 22, 2012

'Guj has lion's share of gas & highest VAT'

Ahmedabad: Gujarat gets the highest share of gas supplies in the country, yet charges the highest VAT from its citizens and supplies cheap gas to industrial houses. This was stated by Union minister of state for petroleum and natural gas R P N Singh here on Sunday.
    The minister was reacting to anonymous advertisements in TV news channels over the last few days, which alleged that the Centre was doing injustice to Gujarat by allocating minuscule gas supply.
    Singh said that in 2010-11, Gujarat was supplied 40% of the nation's total supply of natural gas and this year 33.42% was allocated for the state. “The Gujarat government owes an explanation to its people on why it charges the highest VAT on petroleum products in the country at 15%. The middle class is the most hit,” he said.