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Hike diesel price by Rs 10/litre over 10 months: Oil Ministry

Reuters
Jan 09, 2013 at 05:59pm IST

New Delhi: The Oil Ministry has made a proposal to Cabinet to raise diesel prices and increase the number of subsidised LPG cylinders available to households to nine a year from the current cap of six, two oil ministry sources said on Wednesday.

"We have moved the cabinet note last week. It has a number of combinations including the recommendation of raising diesel prices by one rupee per month for 10 months," one of the sources said.

The other source said the government would also consider raising the cap on LPG cylinders from six to nine. "The Cabinet proposal has been moved but it is not listed for tomorrow's meeting," he said.

Hike diesel price by Rs 10/ltr over 10 months: Ministry

The Oil Ministry further recommended that the cap on subsidised LPG cylinders be raised from six to nine.

India, which imports more than 80 per cent of its fuel needs, liberalised petrol prices in June 2010 but continues to regulate diesel prices to protect the poor. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has recently said the country must gradually bring local fuel prices in line with global prices.

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