Transporters ask Meghalaya Govt to slash sales tax on fuel

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Shillong, Jun 13 (UNI) The transporters throughout the state have condemned the recent hike in prices of petroleum products, imposed by the Central Government and urged the Meghalaya government to slash sales tax.

The Greater Shillong Tourist Transporters' Association and others, expressing concern over the recent steep hike in the prices of petroleum products, said common people were being hit hard due to the raise.

The transporters, in a statement, demanded the state government to reduce the sales tax on petrol and diesel by Rs two and Rs 1.50 respectively.

It said a number of states in the Eastern and North-eastern region had already slashed the duties on the petroleum products, giving some relief to the consumers.

''The entire NE region, most of which comprises hilly states, is heavily dependent on road transport, barring Assam, and any further delay in reducing sales tax would result in skyrocketing of the prices of essential commodities,'' the organisation added.

Posters and banners, demanding reduction of sales tax on petroleum products, were put up throughout the state capital.

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