Fact Check: This Post Showing Fuel Price Build-Up Is Misleading; Here’s The Truth

A post showing price build-up of petrol, without referring to a particular state, is doing  rounds on the internet. It is being claimed that the state government is charging a Value Added Tax (VAT) of Rs 38.55, while Centre charges an excise duty of Rs 16.

A user shared the post with a caption, ‘सभी पेट्रोल पंप पर इस तरह का बोर्ड होना चाहिए ।’

(Translation- All petrol pumps should have this price build-up board.)

Here’s the link to the above post. Check other similar posts herehere and here.

The price build-up is varying in different posts but the main idea behind all the posts is that the tax charged by the State Government (Value Added Tax) is more as compared to the tax levied by the Central government (Excise Duty).


NewsMobile fact-checked the above post and found the claim to be misleading.

We found the correct price build-up on the Indian Oil Corporation Limited (OICL) website, as of 16 February 2021, when the price of one litre of petrol in Delhi was Rs 89.29. The retail price includes a base price of Rs 31.82, excise duty of Rs 32.90, a dealer commission of Rs 3.68 and a VAT of Rs 20.61.

Further, we also found the price build-up on the website on Bharat Petroleum Corporation Limited as well and found a similar price build-up for petrol in Delhi as of February 16, 2021.

We also found a table by Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell showing the rates of state taxes (VAT) and other taxes levied by different states.

Hence, based on the above information, we can say that the fuel price build-up in the viral post is misleading.

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