Nagaland imposes COVID-19 cess on diesel and petrol

Guwahati, April 28: Nagaland government on Tuesday has imposed COVID-19 cess on diesel and petrol to meet the financial exigencies arising out of the novel Coronavirus situation.

Nagaland government has imposed COVID-19 cess on diesel by Rs 5 per liter and Rs 6 on per liter petrol and another motor spirit.

In a notification issued by the Finance department of Nagaland government said that – “In exercise of powers conferred by subsection 3 of section 3A of the Nagaland (Sales of Petroleum and Petroleum Products including Motor Spirit and Lubricants) Taxation Act, 1967 (as amended), the Governor of Nagaland is pleased to notify that in addition to the existing rate of tax and cess, the COVID-19 Cess shall be levied against Entry Serial Number 3 & 4 of Schedule II of the Act.”

The COVID-19 cess on diesel and petrol in the state will come into effect from April 28 at midnight.

COVID-19 cess on diesel and petrol in Nagaland
COVID-19 cess on diesel by Rs 5 per liter and Rs 6 on per liter petrol.

Nagaland Chief Secretary Temjen Toy said that, due to the COVID-19 lockdown, the state has faced major problems to earn revenue collection.

“In March last, our target was Rs 106 crore, but the state had collected on Rs 5 crore only. All sources of revenue collection in the state have been stopped and Nagaland like state is always depending upon the center. By aiming to increase our revenue in the current situation, we have decided to impose COVID-19 cess on diesel, petrol, and other motor spirits,” Temjen Toy said.

Earlier, the Assam government on April 21 hiked prices of diesel and petrol in the state by Rs 5.