Union Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas and Steel Dharmendra Pradhan said the petroleum products should be brought under the GST. In a letter addressed to the finance department, the minister said both Centre and state governments should sit and work together on it. Interacting with media persons on his brief visit to Raipur, Pradhan said, under SAIL, the Bhilai Steel Plant is one of biggest units and a strategic one as country’s requirement of the rail is met by it. There will be future need of steel so production will be hiked as per the requirement of the country, he added.
He said his visit is to explore all possibilities in Chhattisgarh as it has both mining and steel sectors. He assured that he would again visit Raipur and hold interaction with Raipur based both small and big stakeholders of the steel sector. On slashing kerosene quota of the state and CM Bhupesh Baghel’s letter demanding hike in the quota, Pradhan said, “After independence there had been no changes in the policy of allocation of Kerosene quota. It had been basically used for fuel and lighting the house. With Prime Minister launching ujjwala scheme by providing LPG connection and Saubhagya scheme to provide power supply to houses, the consumption of kerosene dipped. But even after that quota of Chhattisgarh has not been reduced but the subsidized kerosene quota has been cut.”