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Hike fuel prices to save oil firms: Crisil

Alarmed by the record losses reported by oil marketing majors, ratings agency Crisil on Tuesday said there is an urgent need to increase prices of regulated diesel, kerosene and cooking gas, which will also help government finances.

‘Given the crippling under-recoveries of oil marketing companies (OMCs) and a fast deteriorating fiscal situation, a hike in prices of regulated fuels, especially diesel, which accounts for 60 per cent of under-recoveries is essential and inevitable,’ the agency's research wing said in a note.

‘It is absolutely crucial that prices of regulated fuels be raised by at least 10-15 per cent immediately and gradually be linked to international prices,’ it added.  It said the three state-run oil marketing majors IOC, BPCL and HPCL have reported a combined loss of Rs 40,500 crore, primarily driven by under-recoveries and the absence of government compensation. Diesel prices were revised last in June 2011, and with the coming effect of crude prices moving north and a currency depreciation, the under recoveries of OMCs have touched a record high of Rs 47,800 crore during the June quarter, it said.
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