KOHIMA, FEBRUARY 18: Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio today said that the State government will soon review the prevailing high cost of petrol and diesel in Nagaland.
Replying to query on the escalating cost of petrol and diesel in Nagaland even as Meghalaya and Assam have recently announced reduction in price, Rio said that Assam is going to face elections and the government has decrease the petrol and diesel rates with “political intention”.
He also claimed that since Meghalaya shares border with Assam, they also had to decrease the rates because of competition in price.
Rio said this while interacting with media persons after presentation of the budget in the Assembly Conference hall here.
On the other hand, Rio said that Assam has two rates for petrol as in Guwahati it is Rs 80.62 while in Bokajan the rate is Rs 82.89. He said that quoting only the Guwahati rate is misleading.
The chief minister said that Nagaland has always been maintaining oil rates below other neighbouring States, adding that the base rate of diesel and petrol is lesser in Assam by 50 paise and in Manipur by 49 paise. Comparing the base rate, the price here is still lower than other States, he said.
Rio said that the State government has already complained with the oil companies as to why Nagaland should be charged more on the base rate.
“We are pursuing the matter with them,” he said while asserting that the government would take a call on reviewing the petrol and diesel prices in the State after the budget session is over.
He said that unlike Assam, petrol price across Nagaland is same. But as per reports, the prices vary from district to district starting with Rs 91.96 in Dimapur and Rs 92.62 in Kohima petrol prices differ in every district, with the highest being Rs 94.98 in Kiphire district. (Page News Service)