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'Big part of Rs 3.4L cr petroleum cess used for free vax, poor'

'Big part of Rs 3.4L cr petroleum cess used for free vax, poor'

The government earned Rs 3.4 lakh crore in financial year 2020-21 from central excise duty and cess on petroleum products, petroleum minister Hardeep Puri informed the Lok Sabha on Monday, adding that it used a large part of the money to provide free vaccines and relief to the poor through the PM Garib Kalyan Yojana, under which free ration was given to 80 crore beneficiaries during April-November in 2020 and May-June this year.

from Times of India

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