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Petitioning Shell, Indianoil , Bharath petroleum, Hindustan petroleum, Essaroil

Bring fuel prices under GST.

Please spare time and read carefully. After Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan recently said that GST Council should consider bringing the petroleum products in the ambit of GST, questions are being asked as to whether the government will accept the idea or not. The retail price of a litre of petrol exceeds due to the levy of central and excise duties. Furthermore, by adding company margin and other costs, the price charged to a petrol pump dealer is the total cost of fuel is being fixed. Assuming that the government brings petrol prices under 12 percent GST bracket, then petrol price could come down to Rs 38.1 in Delhi while at 18 percent, petrol price will come down at 40.05 a litre. If the government pushes petrol to highest GST tax bracket of 28 percent, then it will cost Rs 43.44 per litre in the national capital. Similarly, if government brings diesel prices under 12 percent GST bracket, then it will be sold at around Rs 31 in Delhi. At 18 percent GST, diesel will cost around Rs 33 while at 28 percent GST, it will cost around Rs 37. The above calculations are assumptions-based on current prices of petrol (hovering around Rs 70-71/litre) and diesel (58-59/litre). Amidst comments and criticism by opposition parties of a sharp rise in oil prices after the daily rate revision mechanism was introduced by the government recently. When asked about bringing oil under the Goods and Services Tax (GST), Pradhan said that he hoped that it might be brought under the GST. "It will extend enormous benefit to customers.

Rama Krishna
2,626 supporters
Petitioning Walmart, HEB, Target, Shell

Save The Sea Turtles by Banning Plastic Bags!

According to the Sea Turtle Conservancy website, “Over 100 million marine animals are killed each year due to plastic debris in the ocean. Currently, it is estimated that there are 100 million tons of plastic in oceans around the world. It is expected that another 60 billion pounds will be produced this year alone”. We all have seen plastic bags tumbling in parking lots, fields, and streets but do we really understand the damage they may have? These plastice bags tumbling along eventually find storm drains that lead to rivers and creeks and are eventually carried out to our oceans. Floating through the water they look very similar to jellyfish especially to sea turtles. These sea turtles diet consists mostly of jellyfish, so they are prone to trying to swallow this plastic. These bags then get trapped in their stomachs (this is because sea turtles have downward facing spines which prevent regurgitation) and make it impossible for these creatures to properly swallow food. This is fatal to these animals. Today, six out of seven sea turtles are on the threatened or endangered list.  So what can we do? Reusable bags or paper bags are much healthier for the environment! Aside from being deadly to marine life, a plastic bag can take up to 1000 years to decompose! A paper bag only takes 1 month! Since 2013 Alameda County in California, along with many other communities around the world, has banned the use of plastic bags in stores. Costumers are not charged to use paper bags and reusable bags only cost 10 cents each! The results have been tremendously effective, but more communities and stores are needed to make a larger impact! So let’s do away with these lethal plastics and help our environment and marine friends! Let’s challenge our stores to do what’s right! LET’S BAN PLASTIC BAGS! 

Maya Clark
2,277 supporters