The decision was taken at an inter-ministerial meeting chaired by Road Transport and Highways Minister Nitin Gadkari, which was attended by Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, Heavy Industries Minister Anant Geete and Environment Minister Prakash Javadekar.
"Government has decided to leapfrog from BS-IV to BS-VI directly by April 1, 2020. We have decided to skip BS VI emission norms. It is a bold decision and a commitment to environment," Mr Gadkari told news agency PTI.
All the other ministries have assured cooperation to make the implementation successful, he added.
At the end of December, Mr Pradhan had stated that India would go straight from Euro-IV complaint petrol and diesel to Euro-VI fuel by 2020.
Earlier, a meeting of an inter-ministerial group, including representatives of Ministries of Road Transport and Highways, Petroleum, Heavy Industries and Environment and Forests, was unable to reach a consensus.
The road transport and highways ministry was of the view the roll out of BS-V norms must start from 2019 but Petroleum Ministry expressed inability to comply with the deadline.
Earlier in November, a draft notification by the Ministry of Road Transport and Highways (MoEF), had advanced dates for implementation of BS-V norms to April 1, 2019 and BS-VI norms to April 1, 2021.
At present, BS-IV auto fuels are being supplied in whole of northern India covering J&K, Punjab, Haryana, Himachal Pradesh, Uttarakhand, Delhi, parts of Rajasthan and western UP. The rest of the country has BS-III grade fuel.