Petrol & Diesel Prices Excluded From GST: Excise Duty on Crude Products Justified By Sharing Ad With Math Error

Aishwarya Krishnan
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Petrol & Diesel Prices Excluded From GST: Excise Duty on Crude Products Justified By Sharing Ad With Math Error

The levy of central and excise duties on crude products was justified with an advertisement that broke down the pricing of diesel and petrol in the country.

Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan’s recent comment on including petrol and diesel under GST regime has added to the questions on the rising fuel prices in India. The tax and duties that are applied on petrol seem to exceed the actual cost of production of the fuel in India. However, the levy of central and excise duties on crude products was justified with an advertisement that broke down the pricing of diesel and petrol in the country. However, the ad that was shared on social media had a math error that was instantly highlighted by several people. Twitter soon filled with reactions on the increasing petrol prices as well as the arithmetic error.

The picture shared on various social media platforms was labelled ‘Prices of Petrol and Diesel decoded: See where your money goes!’ The aim of the picture was to transparently show the process of calculating the petrol and diesel prices in the country. Unfortunately, the image had a breakdown of the total amount received by the state had a calculation error. The picture added Rs 14.98 and Rs 9.02 to get an amount of Rs 27.33. However, according to basic addition, the sum of the numbers comes up to Rs 24. How to check Petrol, Diesel prices daily: These Mobile Apps keep a track of the changing fuel rates.

Twitterati began to highlight this mathematical error in the picture and also shared their anguish over the troubles of rising fuel prices. Fuel prices in the metro cities have been changing every day since mid-June and these pricings were kept out of the GST list. While Goods and Service Tax has brought in systematic taxation all over the country in several areas, the fuel pricing continues to vary as per the central and excise duties. Here is how Twitter reacted.

People have been questioning the increased prices

People have been calculating fuel prices with GST

The picture with the Typo

Math lessons on Twitter

The arithmetic error


The increasing fuel prices have been an issue in the country for quite some time now. While the fuel prices are cheaper compared to the past, there are various other factors that are raising questions about petrol pricing. Crude oil prices have been reducing in the recent times, however, the fuel prices in our country are still high and this is the main reason for the distress.