Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers Assn supports strike

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 11 Oct 2017 14:21:58


Business Bureau,

Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers Association on Tuesday extended support to the nation-wide strike call given by the The United Petroleum Front (UPF) on October 13. Amit Gupta, President of VPDA told The Hitavada that all the 450 dealers in the district including 86 located within city limits will not carry out sale and purchase activities during the 24-hour strike starting from midnight on October 12.

It will be a nation-wide strike wherein over 54,000 dealers will participate. The strike is expected to give tough time to citizens ahead of the Diwali.
For quite some time, the dealers are demanding inclusion of petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST). Besides, there are demands too for which the dealers are raising voice. Gupta said that the recently launched dynamic pricing system needs to be reviewed as it has failed to benefit consumers and the dealers.

The United Petroleum Front, an umbrella organization of three national-level bodies of petrol dealers - Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, All India Petroleum Dealers Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, in its recent meeting decided to the observe the strike after rounds of discussion with the policy makers failed.

“We have been fighting for our rights since long but neither the oil marketing companies (OMCs) nor the Union Government is paying heed to it. On November 4, 2016, the three oil marketing companies had jointly agreed to hike commission of the dealers. They had given it in black and white but nothing has changed so far,” he said.

The other demands include scrapping of unfair penalties imposed on the dealers under Marketing Discipline Guidelines and revision of dealer margins every six months. Gupta said, dealers are also opposing the practice of imposing penalty on dealers if any fault occurs in the fuel dispensing machines.

“The oil marketing companies install machines and it is the company officials’ responsibility to maintain it. In such a situation, dealers should not be held responsible for any fault in the machines,” he said. Apart from this, the dealers have been alleging the OMCs for imposing hefty fine on them under the guise of ‘Swatch Bharat Mission.’