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Finmin to make up for fuel retailers’ losses

Finmin to make up for fuel retailers’ losses
PTI
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First Published: Tue, Jan 19 2010. 03 18 PM IST
Updated: Tue, Jan 19 2010. 03 18 PM IST
New Delhi: The finance ministry will give Rs12,000 crore in cash to Indian Oil, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum to cover for less than half of the losses they incurred on selling LPG and kerosene this fiscal.
“The compensation, which the finance ministry insists is for the full 2009-10 fiscal, is inadequate to cover even the Rs20,872 crore loss the three retailers incurred on selling cooking fuel during April-December period,” petroleum secretary R.S. Pandey said.
“The government had (in July 2009) decided to compensate oil marketing companies for the entire under-recovery (revenue loss) they incur on selling LPG and kerosene (below cost). What we have received is inadequate and (so) we will continue to pursue the matter with the finance ministry,” he said.
“Upstream firms Oil and Natural Gas Corp, GAIL and Oil India Ltd will continue to bear the entire revenue loss on petrol and diesel as had been agreed in July,” he said.
“We will review the mechanism this quarter (if finance ministry fails to give more compensation),” he said.
IOC, BPCL and HPCL are projected to lose Rs47,400 crore on selling petrol, diesel, LPG and kerosene this fiscal. They may lose about Rs30,000 crore on cooking fuel alone.
S. Sundareshan, special secretary in the oil ministry, said that IOC would get Rs7,000 crore while BPCL and HPCL would get Rs5000 crore and actual cash would flow after Parliament approves the additional spending.
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First Published: Tue, Jan 19 2010. 03 18 PM IST