Petroleum dealers strike on October13

Petroleum dealers strike on October13

Amit Gupta, President of VPDA told The Hitavada that all the 450 dealers in the district including 86 located within city limits will not carry out sale and purchase activities during the 24-hour strike starting from midnight on October 12.

The strike called by United Petroleum Front, an umbrella organisation of three nationwide organisations of all petrol dealers would have affected 54,000 petrol pumps across the country. Hoping that the strike may not happen, OMC officials said luckily hundreds of dealers are coming onto social media saying they are not joining the strike. The strike is expected to give tough time to citizens ahead of the Diwali.

"We have already appealed to dealers that they should see reason". The strike was called protesting against discrepancies in supply and demand to include petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Bordoloi alleged that the guidelines were “unjustified and arbitrary in nature, ” as a result of which dealers were facing harassment during inspection by officials of the oil marketing companies.

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Bordoloi said the UMF constitutes three national bodies viz., The Federation Of All India Petroleum Dealers, All India Petroleum Dealers Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers.

Bordoloi said that another demand was to do away with the marketing discipline guidelines announced by OMCs, which seek to penalise dealers for shortcomings up to Rs 2 lakh under a zero tolerance policy towards short-changing of customers. Cantt said the dealers were objecting to "daily pricing" of fuel and this was unwarranted. As per the provisions in the amended MDG, a dealer is required to check every day before the start of his business whether all his machines and nozzles are in fine condition and feed the information into the marketing company's software system. "In such a situation, dealers should not be held responsible for any fault in the machines", he said.

OMCs also allege they have been paying the dealers to offer basic minimum pay to the staffers at dealerships, but it is not being passed on to the staffers.

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