Govt allows oil firms to set prices "over a period of time"

NEW DELHI Thu Jan 17, 2013 2:01pm IST

An employee fills an iconic yellow ambassador taxi with diesel at a fuel station in Kolkata June 24, 2011. REUTERS/Rupak De Chowdhuri/Files

An employee fills an iconic yellow ambassador taxi with diesel at a fuel station in Kolkata June 24, 2011.

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NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's state-run oil marketing companies have been authorized to raise diesel prices in small increments "over a period of time", Oil Secretary G. C. Chaturvedi said on Thursday, but did not give a time-frame or quantity for such price increases.

Earlier, the government permitted state-run oil marketing companies to set diesel prices, in a surprise move that could help the government reduce its budget-busting subsidy bill.

(Reporting by Nidhi Verma; Writing by Rajesh Kumar Singh; Editing by Frank Jack Daniel)

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