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Petrol, diesel rates: Union minister Shiv Pratap Shukla says govt is trying to bring down fuel prices

Gorakhpur (UP): Union minister of state for finance Shiv Pratap Shukla on Tuesday said that recent hikes in prices of petrol and diesel in the country are a result of global crude oil price increase and US sanctions on Iran, even as he stressed that the government was "finding a way out".

"The government has not failed in controlling the prices of petrol and diesel but it's due to steep rise in crude prices in international market and breaking of US-Iran pact, which has affected not only India but other countries as well," Shukla told reporters.

He, however, said the government was trying "to find a way out to bring down the prices".

Representational image. Reuters

Representational image. Reuters

Union Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan has also suggested bringing petrol under the GST to control prices but imposing the GST will not be possible until a general consensus is drawn by GST council, he said on Monday.

Noting that people, especially the middle-class, have to suffer due to price hike of oil, the minister said the government would try to work out a solution soon to deal with the situation.

"It's not in our hand. There is less production of oil in OPEC countries. The government will soon come out with a solution," he told reporters.

On the protest and demonstration on the fuel price issue by the Opposition, he said, "The government is putting efforts to balance and lower the price and we can't say anything on Opposition protests as it is their work."

Updated Date: May 23, 2018 09:09 AM

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