Kohima, November 13: Nagaland Chief Minister Neiphiu Rio on Friday asserted that the government’s decision in increasing the tax for diesel, petrol and other motor spirit is normal while its price is still lower than other neighbouring States.
“That is a normal hike and our price is lower than our neighbouring states… still we are below our neighbouring states,” said Rio while replying to queries from reporters on the sidelines of inaugurating the Northern Angami Public Organisation Community Hall in his home constituency in Chiephobozou here.
Asked on the Opposition Naga People’s Front (NPF) allegations of increase in tax as “cruel decision” and demanding for immediate roll back, the Chief Minister in sarcasm said “it is the duty of opposition to keep on barking”.
Nagaland Government on November 11 notified hike on tax for diesel from existing 14.5% to 17.50& t or Rs 11.08 per litre, whichever is higher.
Tax on petrol and other motor spirits was increased from 25% to 29.80% or Rs 18.26 per litre, whichever is higher.
The revision of tax was done in exercise of powers conferred by the Nagaland (Sale of Petroleum and Petroleum Products including Motor Spirit and Lubricants Taxation Act 1967 by the state government.
(Page News Service)