State governments requested to reduce VAT on jet fuel: Minister

” The minister said that this step has been taken to promote the domestic MRO industry. This, he said, will allow the domestic passenger carriers to service their aircraft in India rather then sending them abroad. ”

New Delhi, March 26(NERVE) – The central government on Thursday said that it has requested state governments to reduce value added tax (VAT) on jet fuel to provide relief to the aviation sector which is suffering due to the high cost of fuel.

Minister of State for Civil Aviation Mahesh Sharma who spoke here at an industry summit said that jet fuel constitutes about 40-50 percent of the operational cost of an airline and that the finance ministry had been requested that jet fuel be included under declared goods.

Government is concerned over the jet fuel costs. We have requested state governments to rationalise the taxes on jet fuels, the minister said at the Economic Times Aviation Focus Annual Summit which was organised here.

Currently, ATF (aviation turbine fuel) sold in the country is nearly 50-60 percent costlier than in overseas markets like Bangkok, Singapore or Dubai as an additional 4-34 percent state sales tax hikes the price.

According to the minister, the finance ministry has been requested to streamline taxes imposed on the maintenance, repair and overhaul (MRO) industry as well.

The minister said that this step has been taken to promote the domestic MRO industry. This, he said, will allow the domestic passenger carriers to service their aircraft in India rather then sending them abroad.

The minister added that his ministry will shortly constitute an independent advisory group consisting of all the stakeholders who will be able to advise and guide the ministry in framing industry friendly policies.