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Petrol bunks to observe bandh in city on October 13

Sherri Watson | 12 October, 2017, 07:37

It will be a nation-wide strike wherein over 54,000 dealers will participate.

After petroleum dealers' unions called for a strike on October 13, state-run oil companies have chose to voice their view on it, saying the demand on the union "unreasonable".

The UPF has said that if the government does not relent, it would go for an indefinite closure of purchase and sale from October 27. The strike is expected to give tough time to citizens ahead of the Diwali. Besides, there are demands too for which the dealers are raising voice.

UPF, the umbrella organisation of all three nationwide organisations of all petrol dealers - Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, All India Petroleum Dealers Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers in a meeting made a decision to abort services at petrol pumps throughout the nation if their demands are not met.

"But if they've issues with new marketing discipline guidelines and the penalties for not implementing them, then all I can say is that only those flouting these norms need to worry".

Hindustan Petroleum (HP) and Indian Oil Corporation (IOC)-oil marketing companies (OMCs) opposed this move. 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. Balwinder Singh Canth, director of marketing, International Olympic Committee told FPJ, "There are some dealers who have told us that they will not part take in the strike as they feel the reason for strike is unreasonable". Cantt said the dealers were objecting to "daily pricing" of fuel and this was unwarranted.

He said automated machines to fill oil in the vehicles are supplied and installed by the companies, yet the outlets are penalised and threatened of cancellation of licences if any error or malfunctioning occurs in the machines. Apart from this, the dealers have been alleging the OMCs for imposing hefty fine on them under the guise of "Swatch Bharat Mission'".