Petrol pump owners threatens to go on strike on Nov 15th

Photo related to petrol and diesel filling station.

Hyderabad: The petroleum dealers in the country observing two-day no-purchase strike from yesterday have threatened to go on complete shutdown on November 15 over the demand to increase commission.

The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) said, the owners of the petrol pumps will be selling fuel for limited hours from tomorrow and have decided not to operate on Sundays or any other government holidays.

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According to CIPD joint secretary Rajiv Amaram, all the 54,000 petrol pumps across the country will observe one-day strike on November 15 if the oil companies do not heed to their demand.

Rajiv said that in Telangana alone have near about 1,400 truckloads of petrol and diesel which was not lifted yesterday and today by petroleum dealers in the state.

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Amaram told media persons “We have stopped purchasing petroleum products yesterday and today. From tomorrow, we will sell petrol or diesel or any other product according to government office timings like 9 AM to 6 PM. We will also not sell on Sundays or any other government holidays. If the government does not listen to us then we will call for a strike on November 15.”

The CIPD has demanded implementation of the recommendations made by the Apoorva Chandra Committee in 2011.

The committee recommended commissions of over Rs 4 for petrol and about Rs 3 for diesel per litre.

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Earlier, the UPA government hiked the commission on petrol to Rs 2.15 and diesel to Rs 1.28 from Rs 1 and Rs 0.70, respectively.