Petrol prices slashed by Rs 0.65 per litre across India

New Delhi, November 30: State-run oil firms will cut retail prices of petrol by 0.65 rupee a litre, excluding taxes, from Thursday, a company statement said on Wednesday, the second straight cut this month in a move that could help to ease near double-digit inflation.

The companies cut petrol prices by about 3.2 percent earlier this month, the first reduction in retail prices in nearly three years and the first since prices were decontrolled in June 2010.

State fuel retailers — IOC , Hindustan Petroleum Corp and Bharat Petroleum Corp tend to move their prices in tandem.

Petrol has a 1.09 percent weighting in the inflation index and near double-digit consumer prices have provoked criticism of the government, which subsidises other fuels such as diesel and cooking gas.