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Converging the Divergence between Diesel and Petrol Prices: A Case for Rationalisation of the Central Excise Duty

Sector Climate Policy
Grantee Integrated Research and Action for Development (IRADe)
Year 2017

Despite the deregulation of petrol and diesel prices in the past, there remains a considerable differential in the prices of both these fuels. The report documents the findings of the sector by sector analysis carried by IRADe which suggests that the rationalisation of the excise tax through a revenue-neutral approach is practical and there will not be significant impact on the end users.

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