Petrol Pumps in the states like Maharashtra, Gujarat, Rajasthan, Punjab, and southern states will work for only one shift from Monday onwards. The petrol pump dealers' associations across these states are seeking a hike in their commission apart from other demands.
THE CONFEDERATION of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) has called for the partial lock out at petrol pumps. In Mumbai, petrol pumps will be operational only from 9am to 5pm. In Gujarat, one can fill the tanks of their vehicles from 10am to 6pm only. In Lucknow, petrol pumps will not be in service from 4am to 12 noon.
However, Delhi will remain unaffected from the partial lockout as the Delhi Petroleum Dealers Association (DPDA) has opted out of the partial lock out. “Petrol Pumps across Delhi will work as usual. There will be no impact on the working hours of the petrol pumps in the capital,” Atul Peshwari, President, DPDA told this citizen journalist
The petroleum dealers are demanding the implementation of recommendations by Apoorva Chandra Committee, which has recommended payment of commission on cost-based structure. The committee has also recommended a revision in the commission every six months, based on the costs.
Notably, CIPD has broken its ties with the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT), the umbrella organization of petrol pump dealers in the country. Both have parted their ways due to differences among them on many issues including commission.
There are around 3,300 petrol pumps in Maharashtra and 242 of them are in Mumbai alone. On the sale of petrol, dealers get a commission of 1.9% and on diesel their commission is 1.6%. Dealers are saying that despite increase in the fuel rates the commissions have remained same. They want the commission to be hiked to the tune of 5%.