The Heavy Industry Minister intends to pitch for lower excise duty on small automobiles in the year 2013-2014 budget sessions. The move will be made to boost the slowing down auto industry in the Indian market. Incentives are likely to be given on replacement of old vehicles as well. A top Ministry official said, “After detailed consultation with industry players and discussion within the ministry, various recommendations have been prepared. All these aim at not only maintaining a healthy growth rate for the industry but also attracting investment.”
Currently, excise duty on personal vehicles range between 12 % - 27 %, with a fixed duty of Rs. 15,000 depending on automobiles’ size and length. The Petroleum Ministry, in June 2012, sought to impose an additional excise duty of Rs 1.7 lakh on compact diesel cars and Rs 2.55 lakh on SUVs. However, a decision is yet not given on this.
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