Inspect dispensing machines regularly: Petroleum dealers

Source: The Hitavada      Date: 04 Jul 2017 09:43:19


Business Bureau,

Close on the heels of police raids on various petrol pumps across the State, a body of dealers on Monday demanded oil marketing companies (OMCs) to conduct regular inspection of dispensing machines in the State.

Addressing a press conference on Monday, the office-bearers of the Vidarbha Petroleum Dealers Association said that ‘handful’ of dealers who have manipulated fuel dispensing machines and maligned the image of the trade, deserve tough action against them.

The association condemned the malpractices and called it an ‘unfortunate event’. “All the culprits should be punished. We are not going to stand by their side as they have not responded our repeated instructions of staying away from any kind of tampering the machines,” Harvinder Singh Bhatia, President of the association said adding that the association welcomes the action as it would help the honest dealers win trust of general public.

Since the malpractices have surfaced and a special team of police is conducting raids in many cities in the State, consumers have been suspecting doubts over fuel dispensing machines at many outlets.
Some of the dealers have reportedly faced ire of the consumers. “But our association would like to inform the masses that they would get real value for their money at all the outlets,” Bhatia claimed.

To gain confidence of the fuel consumers, Bhatia stressed on conducting inspection of all the outlets. “The oil marketing companies supply us the machines and also does the maintenance work. Let them carry out inspections of all the machines and issue us certificates to prove innocence,” he said.

Pranay Parate, Secretary of the association, said that a small percentage of dealers may have been involved in the scam. “But their act has raised a serious question mark over the integrity of more than 4,700 dealers in the State. We are ready for the acid test,” he said.

He said that dispensing machines are complex devices that need supervision by experts at regular intervals. “And it is the responsibility of the oil marketing companies to keep track on it,” he said.

Vilas Salpekar and Mohinder Singh Lamba, both vice- presidents of the association and other office-bearers were also present on the occasion.