Petrol pump owners across the country have threatened to go on strike by taking a weekly off every Sunday unless their demands for higher margins are met. Also, according to the owners, filling stations will operate from 9 am to 6 pm to cut costs. Ravi Shinde, the general secretary of Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, told NDTV Profit that petrol pump owners have decided to do Sundays off from May 14 and from May 15 dealers will operate from 9 am to 6 pm.
Also, May 10 will observe as a “No Purchase Day”. Ravi Shinde said: “Not much of disruption is expected, but it will be an indication for oil companies to take note that dealers are on the war path.”
He added: “Oil Market Companies have not honoured their written commitment of giving dealer margins in line with Apurva Chandra committee report. We are currently getting Rs. 2,570 and Rs. 1,620 for petrol and diesel respectively.”
Dealers should be getting Rs. 3,333 per kilolitre on petrol and Rs. 2,126 per kilolitre on diesel, according to the committee’s calculations. Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers, an all-India organisation, represents over 50,000 petrol pump dealers.