"Given the crippling under-recoveries of oil marketing companies (OMCs) and a fast deteriorating fiscal situation, a hike in prices of regulated fuels, especially diesel, which accounts for 60 per cent of under-recoveries is essential and inevitable," the agency's research wing said in a note.
"It is absolutely crucial that prices of regulated fuels be raised by at least 10-15 per cent immediately and gradually be linked to international prices," it added. It said the three state-run oil marketing majors IOC, BPCL and HPCL have reported a combined loss of Rs 40,500 crore in the June quarter, primarily driven by under-recoveries and the absence of government compensation. IOC early this month had reported the nation's highest ever quarterly loss over Rs 22,000 crore in Q1.
Diesel prices were revised last in June 2011, and with the coming effect of crude prices moving north and a currency depreciation, the under recoveries of OMCs have touched a record high of Rs 47,800 crore during the June quarter this fiscal, it said. In 2011-12, the under-recoveries had jumped by 77 per cent to Rs 1,38,500 crore and will be higher this fiscal as well, Crisil said. Because of the apparent lack of political will to increase the prices, OMCs are currently facing a loss of Rs 14 per litre on diesel, Rs 29 on kerosene and Rs 250 on every cooking gas cylinder, it said.