Tripura Congress wants a reduction of tax on aviation fuel

Tripura Congress wants a reduction of tax on aviation fuel

Agartala, Aug 11

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The opposition members of Tripura assembly unitedly demanded reduction of tax on aviation fuel to encourage airlines to get an entry in the state more in number. Congress legislator Gopal Roy alleged many airlines saying that they are not coming because of high taxes on aviation fuel, which is also increasing the air fare in Agartala sector. However, Transport minister Manik Dey denied the allegation and said recently the state government reduced taxes on aviation fuel to 18 per cent from 22 per cent but none of the airline reduced the fare. “Because of faulty policy of the central government, air fare is being determined by the market forces and airlines are the sole authority to it. The central government lost all controls over them and just those airlines are cheating the passengers,” Dey pointed out. He maintained that the high price of air ticket is the fallout of privatization and private air carriers are interested to operate their flights only on profitable routes at the cost of suffering of common people. Even the state owned Air India has also started following the same suite. Air India used to operate two flights on the Agartala-Kolkata and Kolkata-Agartala routes, but now, despite huge passenger pressure and demand from the state they are operating only one flight leading to rush in the air tickets in Agartala route. “If airlines are ready to slash down passenger fare, the government will reduce taxes on aviation fuel”, he added.

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