The Odisha government has collected Rs 5,571.34 crore Value Added Tax (VAT) from petrol and diesel in the financial year 2018-19, said a Minister on Wednesday.Also Read - Sri Lanka Runs out Of Petrol, PM Ranil Wickremesinghe Warns Of More Hardships In Coming Months

Replying to a question from Congress MLA Suresh Kumar Routray, Food and Consumer Affairs Minister Ranendra Pratap Swain told the state Assembly that Rs 1,082.64 crore VAT had been collected from the two items in 2019-20 (up to June 2019). Also Read - 'Please Reduce VAT on Fuel For People's Welfare', PM Modi to Opposition-ruled States; Uddhav Reacts

While Rs 317 crore has been collected as VAT from petrol in 2019-20, Rs 765.64 crore has been collected from diesel, the Minister said. Also Read - Tanker Carrying 750 Tonne Diesel Sinks Off Tunisia Coast

In 2018-19, Rs 5,571.34 crore VAT was collected from petrol and diesel. While the collection was Rs 4,042.56 crore from VAT on diesel, the total VAT collected on petrol in 2018-19 was 1,528.78 crore, Swain informed the Assembly.

The Minister also said that the state government has not increased VAT on petrol and diesel since January 2016 to keep the prices of petrol and diesel stable.