Petro dealers' strike unreasonable, all demands met: State-run oil cos

Petro dealers' strike unreasonable, all demands met: State-run oil cos

All India Petroleum Dealers Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers and Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, chose to suspend the services throughout the nation in an meeting with the UPF which is considered as the umbrella organisation of all three nationwide organizations of petrol pump dealers.

He said though NEIPDA is not affiliated to any of the three bodies, but it has extended support to the shutdown-call as the charter of demands put forward by the UPF were applicable to NEIPDA.

Singh also stated that, If they (petrol dealers) go ahead with the strike, the state government will be forced to invoke the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA ) and take over the petrol pumps under its control.

Earlier, the petrol and diesel dealers' strike against daily revision of petrol and diesel prices scheduled on June 16 was deferred. The UPF represents over 54,000 dealers from the Federation of All-India Petroleum Traders, the All-India Petroleum Dealers Association and the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers.

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The petrol bunk owners in Vizag city that they will shut down the fuel pumps form October 12 midnight to October 13 midnight to press for various demands including better margins and inclusion of petroleum products in the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Various associations of petrol pump dealers had called the 24-hour strike against new Marketing Discipline Guidelines which impose stringent penalties for short-selling, operating automated pumps in manual mode without authorisation, non- provision of clean toilet and not paying minimum wages to employees.

Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, president of the NEIPDA, Upper Assam chapter, Samiran Bordoloi said, "The strike has been called for fulfillment of long-pending demands of the public sector petroleum dealers. This was conveyed to the oil companies through written statements, underlining their decision to this effect". The associations have been protesting recent changes in guidelines governing petrol pump dealers.