The Minister of State for Petroleum and Natural Gas Shri R.P.N. Singh informed the Lok Sabha in a written reply today that to assess sector-wise consumption of diesel, Petroleum Planning and Analysis Cell (PPAC) in association with the public sector Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) has commissioned an All India Study on Sectoral Demand of diesel & petrol. As per the initial results available for the first round of field survey of the study (based on 2011-12 diesel consumption), diesel consumption share in gensets/mobile towers and passenger vehicles (includes cars & SUVs etc.) is estimated as follows:
Passenger Vehicles (Cars, SUVs, etc.) – 15.88%
Power Generation [Gen sets] - 4.60%
Mobile Towers - 1.93%
He emphasized that in view of the uniform pricing of Diesel (HSD) except for local levies, subsidy on Diesel is available to all sectors of consumption.
The Minister also said that the Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas (MoP&NG) in its Budget Proposal to the Ministry of Finance had proposed to levy additional excise duty on diesel cars. Subsequently, MoP&NG has also written to the Ministry of Finance for levying additional excise duty on Diesel cars, gensets and mobile towers.