New Delhi: Amid his pitch for a 25 per cent cut in taxes levied on petrol by states, Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee on Monday said he has written to chief ministers to reduce taxes by states and put in place a mechanism to contain it if petroleum prices continue to rise.
Announcing at the CWC meet that he had written to chief ministers, Mukherjee said he has sought their cooperation in making their "sacrifice" of tax revenue to help bring down prices of petroleum products and said "nothing was possible" without their agreement.
"I have written to chief ministers of various states indicating how much revenue is collected by respective states and how much revenue is collected by the central government in the form of excise duty from that state," he told reporters after the CWC meeting.
Noting that all stakeholders will have to "make sacrifices" in case international prices of petroleum products continue to rise, Mukherjee said it was up to the states to help the Centre work out a mechanism in such a situation.
"I have written to them. Of course, it is for their consideration, what they would like to argue. And thereafter, if they agree, then we can work out in consultation with each other... a mechanism," Mukherjee said.
He said that "without the consent of chief ministers and without their agreement, nothing is possible." Earlier at the CWC meeting, Mukherjee justified the high price of petrol citing hike in international crude prices and
made out a strong case for a 25 per reduction of taxes levied by states on petrol to bring down its price.