JAIPUR: The transporters in Rajasthan have written to the state government to reduce the price of petrol and diesel which has been on the rise and claimed that in neighbouring states, the price is far less due to reduced tax. They also stated that if the prices are not reduced by February 1, then they would agitate in a similar a manner as the farmers.
Gopal Singh Rathore, state president of Jaipur Truck Transport Operator Chamber, said, “The VAT on fuel prices in Rajasthan is amongst the highest in the country with 38% tax being charged. In neighbouring states and Union territories like Delhi, Punjab etc the governments have reduced the VAT due to which there has been a relief of around Rs 10 in the fuel prices. We have written to chief minister Ashok Gehlot requesting him to take similar measures as the transporters are sustaining heavy losses due to the frequent increase in the fuel prices.”
According to the transporters, they are left with no option but to go on a protest if the fuel prices are not brought down.
“We are charged with road tax, toll tax and so much money is going to the government. If the authorities do not listen to us then we will also follow the farmer’s way of protest after February 1. The government needs to realise that if transporters increase the cost of plying goods then it will be reflected on all products. In place like Sriganganagar the cost of petrol is touching Rs 100 despite the fact that Barmer has a refinery,” added Rathore.
The letter written by him also said that around 65% of the farmers are also transporters who take their crop to the markets for selling them. Also, that nearly 70% of the commercial vehicles use diesel and the high price is cutting into the income of the transporters.