During the first fortnight of May, the oil companies were losing Rs495 crore per day on the sale of diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene below their imported cost. However, in the second half of the month, the losses have come down to Rs479 crore
New Delhi: The fall in global oil prices has trimmed the losses of state-owned oil companies, but it may not be enough to prevent a Rs4 per litre increase in diesel prices and a Rs20-Rs25 per cylinder hike in LPG rates later this month, reports PTI.
During the first fortnight of May, the oil companies were losing Rs495 crore per day on the sale of diesel, domestic LPG and kerosene below their imported cost. However, in the second half of the month, the losses have come down to Rs479 crore.
Oil firms calculate the desired increase in fuel prices on 1st and 16th of every month, based on the average oil price of the previous fortnight.
“The 1-15 May average of the basket of crude oil India buys, at $112.32 per barrel, is lower than the $118 per barrel average of the previous month,” an industry official said.
Indian Oil Corporation (IOC), Hindustan Petroleum Corporation (HPCL) and Bharat Petroleum Corporation (BPCL) were projected to lose Rs180,208 crore in revenue for the full fiscal, but now, the projected revenue loss is down to Rs170,676 crore.
The official said the companies are losing Rs14.66 per litre on diesel currently, down from their Rs16.17 a litre under-recovery till last week. After adding local sales tax or VAT, the desired increase in diesel price to make it at par with international rates will be Rs16.49 per litre in Delhi.
State-run oil firms also lose Rs29.69 a litre on kerosene and Rs329.73 per 14.2-kg domestic LPG cylinder.
Yesterday, finance minister Pranab Mukherjee stated in Kolkata that an Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) under him would meet soon to decide on raising diesel, domestic LPG and possibly kerosene prices.
Last week's Rs5 per litre hike in petrol price was the steepest hike ever, but was short of the Rs10.50 per litre desired increase in rates to make the retail fuel price at par with the imported cost.
The government had in June last year freed petrol prices and had announced its intention to do the same for diesel pricing in due course of time. Though IOC, BPCL and HPCL had been given the freedom to decide on the retail selling price of petrol, they informally consulted the oil ministry on every revision.
The trio have not revised rates since January as five crucial states, including West Bengal, Tamil Nadu and Kerala, went to the polls.
A day after the state assembly results, the firms hiked the petrol price by Rs5 per litre, which was less than half of the Rs10.50 a litre increase needed to cover for the cost of imported crude oil, which had touched a two-and-half year high of $110 per barrel.
The official said crude oil was ruling at $73-$74 per barrel when diesel, LPG and kerosene rates were last revised in June 2010.
For 555 days tenor, the bank is offering 9.25% to the general public and 9.75% for senior citizens. For a one-year period, it is offering 9.1% for the general public and 9.6% for senior citizens
Canara Bank has revised interest rates on deposits with effect from 16th May.
For 555 days tenor, the bank is offering 9.25% to the general public and 9.75% for senior citizens. For a one-year period, it is offering 9.1% for the general public and 9.6% for senior citizens.
The bank has also changed its rates for various periods up to 10 years, it said in a release to the media.
The mobile banking bus is equipped with BSNL telephones and has a GPS system to keep a track of the bus on its movement, IDBI Bank chairman cum managing director Mr R M Malla told media persons
IDBI Bank has rolled out its mobile banking facility in Nagpur. The bank’s mobile banking bus had commenced its ‘vikas yatra’ from IDBI Tower in Mumbai.
The mobile banking bus is equipped with BSNL telephones and has a GPS system to keep a track of the bus on its movement, IDBI Bank chairman cum managing director Mr R M Malla told media persons.
He said a bus has been converted into a mobile ATM and as part of the initiative the bank has commenced ‘vikas yatra’ to promote developmental activities in the country.
Mr Malla said the bus would reach every nook and corner of the rural area adding India has six lakh villages and we (banks) have not reached even one lakh villages so far.