Petrol pump owners threaten to remain shut on Sundays

13 April, 2017, 02:42 | Author: Valerie Burke
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The "No Purchase Day" will be observed to pressurise the government for a higher commission. The petrol pump dealers across the state had observed a two-day "no purchase" strike on November 3 and 4 past year to press for their demand.

A section of petroleum dealers said they would shut their retail outlets every Sunday starting May 14.

In fact, pump owners had withdrawn their strike earlier in January following assurance from oil PSU firms on revision in dealer commission rates, but have so far not received any communication from them. The oil pump dealers have said that they will work just for eight hours in a day all over the nation post-May 10.

Besides, they want petrol stations to be closed on Sundays in line with the government's push for lesser consumption of fossil fuel as part of a green initiative. In fact, petrol pump owners were expected to mark May 10 "No Purchase Day" as a protest.

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Except for emergency services like ambulances, the petrol pumps will not be available for regular vehicles, says the report quoting CIPD president A D Sathyanarayan. According to an Indian Oil Corporation circular, the dealer commission on petrol now stands at Rs 2.56 per litre while on diesel, the commission is Rs 1.65 per litre as on April 1. Petrol pump don't take weekly offs as of now. The government is yet to make its decision on the same. However, the protest does not enjoy the support of the All India Petroleum Dealers' Association that has warned the CIPD of a resultant panic-like situation.

This decision is being led by the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD).

According to Ajay Bansal, president of All India Petroleum Dealers' Association, the petroleum dealers association which has called for the shut down has presence only in few states - Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra - and not nationwide.

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