Petrol pump owners threatens to take Sunday offs from May 10

Tammy Harvey
April 13, 2017

Petrol pumps to remain shut on Sundays from May 14 unless Centre meets dealers' demands A consortium of 53,000 fuel bunk operators is also considering cutting back working hours to a one-time shift of eight to nine hours. "We are now getting Rs 2,570 and Rs 1,620 for petrol and diesel respectively", Ravi Shinde, general secretary of CIPD told NDTV Profit. CIPD president AD Sathyanarayan has requested all the members of the Consortium to close the petrol pump on every Sunday except for emergency services like an ambulance. The petrol pump dealers across the state had observed a two-day "no purchase" strike on November 3 and 4 a year ago to press for their demand.

Motor-fuels outlets in India are divided over starting an agitation to secure higher sales margins from oil companies, with one retailing group deciding not to back next month's protests its national rival had planned to mount pressure on the government.

While the government is yet to take a decision on upward revision in dealers' commission, the Centre is now working on ways to lessen the burden of volatility in fuel rates for vehicle owners. "Holidays should be given to the workers, but it can be done without having the petrol pumps closed", Harshita, a resident of Hyderabad said.

According to a report by Business Insider, they aim to demand higher margin from the government and even plan to operate only from 9 am to 6 pm to cut costs. CIPD has come out with the decision before the government's call on whether to raise dealers' commission or not.

"Oil Marketing Companies, however, have not honoured the written committment of giving dealer margins in line with Apoorva Chandra Committee report", said Shinde. The dealer commission, according to Indian Oil, is Rs 1.65 per litre for diesel and Rs 2.56 per litre for petrol.

The All India Petroleum Dealers' Association has chose to stay away from the agitation.

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