New Delhi: Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on Thursday announced that the prices of diesel in Delhi will be reduced by Rs 8.36 per liter.
As per the decision taken in the meeting held by the Delhi cabinet on Thursday, the VAT on diesel will be reduced from 30% to 16.75%, bringing down diesel price from Rs 82 to Rs 73.64 per liter.
This boils down to a reduction in diesel prices by a whopping 13.25% and will come as much needed relief for the economy of Delhi.
CM Arvind Kejriwal also said that this will not only bring a huge relief to the people of Delhi but will also be a big step in boosting economic revival in the national capital. He also appealed to concerned parties to work together in order to bring the economy of the national capital back on track.
"The reduction in the price of diesel will be a big step in taking the economy of Delhi forward," CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
He also said that within 4 days of launching the job portal 'Rozgar Bazaar', around 7577 companies have posted 2,04,785 job vacancies and 3,22,865 job seekers have registered on the portal.
"The two crore people of Delhi have brought Corona under control. However, we need to ensure social distancing and wear masks, because if we become complacent, Corona might spike again. We now need to focus on how we can revive the economy of Delhi because many people have been affected due to the shutting down of businesses and industries. People of Delhi have accepted big challenges in the past and have overcome them. We will accept and win this economic challenge as well. A crucial decision was taken in a cabinet meeting that was held today, which I believe will be an important step in taking the economy forward," CM Arvind Kejriwal said.
CM Arvind Kejriwal said that the diesel prices in Delhi were quite high until now. Until Wednesday, the price of diesel in Delhi was Rs 82 per liter.
"The Delhi cabinet has decided that the VAT on diesel will be reduced to 16.75%, which will be a huge relief to the people of Delhi. The diesel prices in Delhi will be reduced by Rs 8.36 per liter, which means that the diesel will now cost Rs 73.64 per liter instead of Rs 82 per liter," announced the CM.
Many industries, businessmen and traders were demanding a reduction in the prices of diesel, because the prices were affecting the budget of the people, and impacting the trade and businesses.
"I believe that this step will aid in giving a push to the economy of Delhi. In the last one week, we have taken several measures to boost the economy of Delhi. On Monday, I had announced that the street vendors and hawkers in Delhi are facing many difficulties, and subsequently, the street vendors were allowed to operate their businesses in the city. We also started a job portal that acts as a platform between businessmen, traders and industrialists, whose factories and businesses were shut down due to migration of labour and people who want to work but they do not know where to find the right opportunities for them. To bridge the gap between job providers and job seekers, we started a portal 'Rozgaar Bazaar'. We have received a massive response on the portal," CM Arvind Kejriwal said./
"I am very happy that it has just been three to four days since we have started the job portal. Around 7577 companies have registered on the job portal, 2,04,785 jobs have been advertised here, and 3,22,865 job seekers have applied in the portal. I was watching on a TV channel that an owner of a jeans manufacturing unit said that he had a staff of 35 people in the unit, out of which only 3 are still working and the rest had left the job. He said that he was not finding manpower due to which he was not able to restart his manufacturing unit. He posted 35 job vacancies on the Delhi govt's job portal and has received more than 190 calls who are ready to work in the unit. I believe that our economy will receive a major push," the CM added.
CM Arvind Kejriwal also appealed to the traders, industrialists, and businessmen, to join hands in bringing the economy of Delhi back on track.
"I want to appeal to all the shopkeepers, traders, and industrialists to open their shops and industries, maintain social distancing, wear masks but restart their operations and work. In the coming days, I will be meeting many industrialists and traders through video conferencing on Zoom and will try to resolve any issues that they are facing," he said.