GST will not hurt oil & gas sector, assures Pradhan
Minister of State (I/C) for Petroleum and Natural Gas, Dharmendra Pradhan reviewed the impact of GST on the Oil & Gas Sector. A workshop was organised by the Ministry after various public and private sector stakeholders from upstream, downstream and midstream segment raised several concerns on the likely impact of GST on the Oil and Gas Industry. Secretary for Petroleum and Natural Gas, K D Tripathi was also present during the review.
While welcoming GST as a progressive form of taxation, the Industry representatives referred to several provisions in the GST which could have adverse impact on upstream, midstream and downstream sectors.
Several petroleum products namely Crude Oil, Petrol, Diesel, ATF and Natural Gas have been kept out of the GST. It was brought to the notice of the Ministry by the Industry representatives during the workshop, that, this exclusion will result in huge stranded taxes in the hands of oil industry due to non-availability of Input Tax Credit towards non-GST products.
The Industry representatives highlighted that GST in its present form needs few amendments and clarifications as it may have negative impact on the Domestic Oil and Gas production, manufacturing, capital investment, pipeline expansion plans etc. It was also brought to the notice of the Ministry that exclusion of pipeline network from the definition of Plant & Machinery may adversely affect long term capital investment in the pipeline infrastructure projects. A suggestion was made that Green fuels like Natural Gas, CNG, Bio-Diesel and Ethanol Blended Petrol should be zero rated to promote environment friendly fuels.