Chief Minister Bhupesh Baghel on Monday said that the reduction in excise duty on fuel by the Centre will put more financial burden on states. The Centre should have reduced the cess instead of excise duty, said the Chief Minister while talking to the media before his departure to Dantewada for his ‘Bhent-Mulaqat’ programme from Raipur.
The CM said that he is yet to get the meaning of the statement made by the Union Finance Minister on VAT. He said that reducing VAT will not put a financial burden on the states while states will incur financial loss due to excise duty reduction. Chhattisgarh is incurring a loss of more than Rs 500 crore due to the decrease in excise duty.
The Centre should exempt 4 per cent cess and implement excise duty of the time of the UPA government. In the Jhiram case, the Chief Minister said that the BJP government at the Centre and BJP leaders of Chhattisgarh moved to the court. They do not want the truth to come to the fore, said the Chief Minister adding, that May 25 is the 9th anniversary of the Jhiram incident.