54,000 petrol pumps will stay closed on Fri­day

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MUM­BAI: Around 54,000 petrol pumps all over India will go on a day long strike on Oc­to­ber 13 in sup­port of their long-pend­ing de­mands, a petrol pump op­er­a­tors as­so­ci­a­tion of­fi­cial said here on Sat­ur­day.

Fed­er­a­tion Of Ma­ha­rash­tra Petrol Deal­ers As­so­ci­a­tion (Fampeda) President Uday Lodh said that a de­ci­sion on the is­sue was taken at the first joint meet­ing of United Petroleum Front, an um­brella or­ga­ni­za­tion of three na­tion­wide or­gan­i­sa­tions of all petrol deal­ers.

The de­mands in­clude im­ple­men­ta­tion of the pend­ing agree­ment signed with oil mar­ket­ing com­pa­nies on Novem­ber 4, 2016, scrap­ping un­fair penal­ties im­posed un­der Mar­ket­ing Dis­ci­pline Guide­lines, and ap­proved but not given dealer mar­gins.

Be­sides, the UPF has ex­pressed con­cern over the losses to both con­sumers and deal­ers over the daily chang­ing prices of oil prod­ucts and bring­ing petroleum prod­ucts un­der GST, said Lodh.

“As the first step, we shall stop buy­ing and sell­ing petrol/diesel at all the 54,000 pumps in the coun­try on Oc­to­ber 13. If our de­mands are not ac­cepted, then from Oc­to­ber 27, we will launch an in­def­i­nite na­tion­wide strike,” Lodh said.

Mean­while, a petrol dealer said that the de­ci­sion to com­bine the three top deal­ers’ as­so­ci­a­tion un­der an um­brella or­gan­i­sa­tion UPF would re­sult in bet­ter co­or­di­na­tion and uni­form ac­tion to fight for their com­mon de­mands with the OMCs.

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