Govt cuts GST rate on ethanol meant for blending to 5%

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The government has slashed the Goods and Services Tax (GST) rate on ethanol meant for blending under the Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) programme to 5 per cent from 18 per cent, news agency ANI reported on December 16, 2021.

Under the government’s Ethanol Blended Petrol (EBP) Programme, Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) sell petrol blended with ethanol up to 10 per cent. This programme has been extended to whole of India except Union Territories of Andaman Nicobar and Lakshadweep islands with effect from April 01, 2019, to promote the use of alternative and environment friendly fuels. This intervention also seeks to reduce import dependence for energy requirements and give boost to agriculture sector.

Meanwhile, the Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi had in November given its approval for fixing higher ethanol price derived from different sugarcane based raw materials under the EBP Programme for the forthcoming sugar season 2021-22 during ESY 2021-22 from December 01, 2021 to November 30, 2022.

The government had notified administered price of ethanol in 2014. For the first time during 2018, differential price of ethanol based on raw material utilised for ethanol production was announced by the government. With this, the ethanol procurement by public sector OMCs has increased from 38 crore litre in Ethanol Supply Year (ESY) 2013-14 to contracted over 350 crore litre in ongoing ESY 2020-21.

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