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Oct 13 petrol pump strike called off as oil companies threaten strict action
BJP responsible for hiking12 pc in Petroleum products: Anan Sharma
JAMMU, Oct 11: Petrol pump dealers on Wednesday called off their proposed day-long strike on Friday after state-owned oil companies warned them of strict action, including cancelling their contracts.

Various associations of petrol pump dealers had called the 24-hour strike against new marketing discipline guidelines which impose stringent penalties for short-selling, operating automated pumps in manual mode without authorization, non- provision of clean toilet and not paying minimum wages to employees.

“The director marketing of the three oil companies had appealed to us not to go on strike and so we are withdrawing the strike on their appeal,” said Ajay Bansal, President of All India Petroleum Dealers Association.

The United Petroleum Front, an umbrella organisation for the Federation of All-India Petroleum Traders, the All-India Petroleum Dealers Association and the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, had also threatened indefinite stoppage of purchase and sale operations from 27 October.

JKPDA President Anan Sharma alongwith other leaders speaking to media said, “Since BJP coming to power in the Centre, the rates of petroleum products are being hiked to around 12 per cent as compared to previous UPA government. Everyday around 10 to 20 Paisa hike on Petrol per litre then this little amount attain in Rupees without the knowledge of common people who are still unaware about these ramifications. Every month government has hiked the rates of Petroleum products which are intolerable for general masses and there is a dire need to review daily pricing mechanism. ”

Referring to post implementation of GST in the country, Anan Sharma said, “Since implementation of GST, we pay around 24 per cent VAT, 2 per cent CES and other Excise Taxes in Jammu and Kashmir State that is why the UPF has completely opposed this amendment to Marketing Discipline Guidelines-2012 which was received by United Petroleum Front (UPF) from Office of Indian Oil Corporation Limited on October 2, 2017.

While speaking to media, Anan said, “Oil Marketing Companies (OMCs) are not keen on resolving the issues and demands which they had earlier agreed on 4 November last year. OMCs had agreed to resolve issues pertaining to revision on return of investment, revision of dealer margin every six months, revised manpower requirement, fresh study on petroleum product handling losses, product transportation issues and ethanol blending without proper equipment. Sadly none of them have been addressed.”

“If the government does not relent, it would go for an indefinite closure of purchase and sale from 27 October till the trade anomalies are resolved,” he added.

The petroleum dealers in their address said that the recent amendment in Marketing Discipline Guidelines (MDG) to penalise dealers up to Rs 2 lakh is arbitrary and unjustified. They were also critical about the zero tolerance policy, saying that manufacturers of the equipment themselves do not guarantee a ‘zero tolerance’ behaviour of their equipment.

Anan further demanded that the daily price mechanism and the proposed ‘home delivery’ be reconsidered as it has not benefited the traders and said that the UPF also demands implementation of the Goods and Services Tax (GST) on petroleum products. “GST must be implemented on petroleum products so that ‘one nation, one rate’ can be fulfilled to benefit consumers,” he added.

They further demanded to honour agreement dated 4/11/2016 with OMCS for various trade related to issues like reconsideration of in genuine 900 per cent hike in LFR including to withdraw the unconstitutional, arbitrary and unjustified amendment in MDG and review daily pricing mechanism and other related issues.

News Updated at : Thursday, October 12, 2017
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