Nagaland govt withdraws COVID-19 cess on petroleum

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After pressure from various organisations against the COVID-19 cess on petroleum products, Nagaland government on September 24 has informed of its decision to revoke the additional tax.

Official sources said that the decision was taken in the state cabinet meeting held at Police Complex in Chumoukedima of Dimapur.

The COVID-19 cess was levied from April 29. It increased the prices of diesel and petrol by Rs 5 and Rs 6 per litre respectively.

The decision was since being contested by several organizations and much has been said against the additional cess during the pandemic.

The opposition against the cess gained momentum recently with various organizations and political parties voicing resentment against the same.

The COVID-19 cess was part of the government’s ‘drastic measures’ to mitigate the negative effects of the fall in receipts to avoid a potential collapse, it said.

From April to July, a total of Rs 10.32 crore has been generated from the COVID-19 cess on fuel in the state. The collection for August is yet to be deposited, as per the data provided by the state government on September 23.

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