Published: Thu, October 12, 2017
Hi-Tech | By Ellis Neal

Call Off Strike On October 13, OMCs Tell Fuel Dealers

North-East India Petroleum Dealers' Association (NEIPDA) has supported the 24-hour strike on October 13 called by the United Petroleum Front, constituted by three national bodies - the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, the All India Petroleum Dealers' Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers representing 54,000 dealers across the country. On Tuesday, state-run oil marketers said they are baffled by the move as nearly all their demands have already been met but warned that being an Esma subject they may approach the states to scuttle the strike.

Earlier, the petrol and diesel dealers' strike against daily revision of petrol and diesel prices scheduled on June 16 was deferred. The strike is expected to give tough time to citizens ahead of the Diwali. "Petroleum products should be brought under GST so that our long-pending demand of "one nation, one rate" is fulfilled to benefit the consumers". Besides, there are demands too for which the dealers are raising voice.

While calling off the strike Ajay Bansal, President of All India Petroleum Dealers Association said, "The director marketing of the three oil companies had appealed to us not to go on strike and so we are withdrawing the strike on their appeal".

"But if they've issues with new marketing discipline guidelines and the penalties for not implementing them, then all I can say is that only those flouting these norms need to worry".

Dealers are protesting marketing guidelines amended by public sector oil marketing companies (OMCs), which introduce stringent penal action for offences involving short delivery of products, operating automated retail units on manual mode and improper maintenance of toilets. "They had given it in black and white but nothing has changed so far", he said. Still he added he "expects them to see reason and act accordingly, as there is no demand which are met". Apart from this, the dealers have been alleging the OMCs for imposing hefty fine on them under the guise of "Swatch Bharat Mission'".

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