Import of large quantities of crude oil cannot affordable:FM
"The question is whether the country would be in position to import 170 million tonnes, if the prices go up unchecked," he said. Mukherjee said he has asked oil experts and Chairman of Prime Minister`s Economic Advisory Council (PMEAC) to find out if the country can reduce its oil import requirement. India imports about 170 million tonnes, while domestic production is about 37-38 million tonnes.
While financialisation of oil is taking place, he said, "I cannot entirely pass on the extra burden to the consumers. Apart from his or her suffering individually, it will have its inflationary impact. That is also an issue which we shall have to address." Mukherjee said, the problem is complex and "to complex problem you cannot expect to have a simplistic solution".
"Therefore, it will require in-depth studies, discussions, debate among ourselves to find out a solution and, exactly, the Prime Minister is trying to achieve that," he said. Mukherjee also said another issue which has to be addressed collectively is high incidence of taxes imposed by Centre as well as states. He said the government will bring the Direct Taxes Code (DTC) bill in the monsoon session, saying that there was no need to wait for the Budget. Mukherjee said there was progress on the Goods and Services Tax (GST). GST will overhaul the country`s indirect tax regime.