Petrol pumps want Sunday off, 6-9 work, commission hike

Violet Tucker
April 13, 2017

If their demands for a raise in the dealer's commission are not met by the central Government then the situation is going to turn grave over the next subsequent Sundays.

Close to half of India's petrol pumps mostly in the five south Indian states and parts of Maharashtra may remain shut on Sundays, starting May 14.

However, the decision might be a pressure tactics employed by the petrol dealers, for getting a hike, in commission on fuel sale, says reports.

In January, petrol dealers had called off a similar protest after oil marketing companies had assured dealers that their commission would be revised. The oil pump dealers have said that they will work just for eight hours in a day all over the nation post-May 10.

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Shinde said oil marketing companies "have not honoured their written commitment of giving dealer margins in line with Apurva Chandra committee report". While diesel consumption increased 7.5 per cent to 74.6 million tonnes, petrol use rose 14.5 per cent to 21.8 million tonnes. Also, according to the owners, filling stations will operate from 9 am to 6 pm to cut costs.

Last year, in November, All India Petroleum Dealers Association (AIPDA) had launched a pan-India protest after the government failed to increase dealers' commission to 5% from the existing rate of 3%, as reported by IANS. Petrol pump don't take weekly offs as of now.

"We would extend all possible services, however even if we have to take such drastic step to curtail our service timings due to non-fulfillment of our pending demands with oil companies, then we would give sufficient timing to the customer to adjust themselves", Joshi said.

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.

Other reports by Guamnewswatch

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