Replying to questions, Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said altogether 52 percent tax is levied on petroleum products by both Central and state governments and such revenues are used for various welfare and infrastructure projects.

He said state governments are free to fix the amount of tax they want to levy on petroleum products as every state has its own aspirations and development projects which they carry out through the revenue generated from the sale of petroleum products.

Around 32 percent tax is levied by the Central government on petroleum products while around 20 percent by state governments, he said.

"We are a welfare state and the government is committed for the welfare of the people and the country. The taxes levied by the central and state governments are used for various infrastructure and social sector projects," the Union Minister stated during Question Hour.

Pradhan cited in principle, the petroleum products should come under the ambit of the proposed Goods and Services Tax but a final decision would be taken when the state governments come on board on it. The Minister said ever since the NDA government came into power in May 2014, prices of petrol and diesel were reduced 19 times and enhanced seven times.

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