Oil minister Jaipal Reddy had earlier in the day said that the increase in fuel prices was not on the agenda of the panel. He, however, said that the "painful duty" of a hike in fuel prices cannot be ruled out in the near future.
Speaking to reporters after meeting Finance Minister P. Chidambaram, the minister had stated that the hike may not be decided at the meeting.
"The increase (in fuel prices) is unavoidable. We are not sure to what extent it will hit the consumer," the minister said. "I can't say to what extent and which day the price will increase."
Mr. Reddy had last Friday ruled out an immediate hike in fuel prices, saying there was no such plan. Mr Reddy was speaking to the media at an Indian Oil event in New Delhi.
"It is my duty as a minister to bring out the facts in front of the Cabinet Committee of Political affairs…don’t know when the CCPA will take up the issue,” he said, adding that there is a need to reduce the under-recoveries of oil marketing companies.
Indian Oil chairman R.S. Butola, who was also present at the event, said oil companies were currently losing nearly Rs. 6 per litre on petrol sales.
"There is a need to raise petrol prices. We are in consultations with our colleagues at other oil marekting companies and stakeholders," Mr Butola said.
There were reports earlier last week that oil companies were going to hike the price of petrol by as much as Rs. 5, and that prices of diesel and kerosene, which are regulated, will also increase in a week’s time.
State-run oil marketing companies are losing Rs. 550 crore everyday on under-recoveries as a result of higher crude prices in the global markets.
They make a loss of Rs. 17/litre on diesel sales, Rs. 32.7/litre on kerosene sales, and Rs. 347/cylinder on cooking gas sales every day.