Deregulation of Diesel Prices
The Union Cabinet Committee of Economic Affairs, chaired by the Prime Minister Shri Narendra Modi, today approved the issues relating to the under-recovery on sale of diesel and its present status. Instructions have been issued today i.e. on 18th October 2014 to make the price of Diesel market determined with effect from midnight of 18th-19th October 2014. The prices of Diesel will be market determined at both Retail and Refinery Gate level for all consumers thereafter. There will be an immediate respite of about Rs 3.50 per litre on pump price given the considerable reduction in international crude oil prices.
Based on an earlier decision of the Cabinet Committee on Political Affairs (CCPA) dated 17th January 2013, instructions were issued to the Public Sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) allowing them to increase the retail selling price of Diesel in the range of 40 paisa to 50 paisa per litre per month (excluding VAT as applicable in different States/Union Territories) till further orders.
Diesel prices will henceforth be market determined. This will facilitate greater competition in the Auto Fuels Retail segment and enhanced efficiency in service delivery of the oil companies. This is expected to benefit consumers due to greater competition among oil companies and more choices. The competition is also expected to foster greater efficiency in oil companies benefitting the consumers.