Petrol pump strike: In a setback to government over revision of petrol and diesel prices on a daily basis, the All India Petrol Dealers’ Association (AIPDA) on Monday called for a nationwide “no-purchase” agitation on July 5, to be followed by a petrol pump strike on July 12. AIPDA is protesting against the oil marketing companies’ failure to install 100 per cent automated system as promised before the imposition of the new price change regime. Also, the owners have accused companies of the lack of transparency in the daily dynamic pricing mode. “We had a stormy three-hour meeting with oil marketing companies (OMCs) on June 29. The OMCs had agreed with us and had assured that price protection needs to be given,” Ali Daruwalla, AIPDA spokesperson, was quoted as saying by Indianexpress.com. “However, they (OMCs) could not give us any specific date for implementation of price protection, for which we all walked out in protest. We were requested by OMCs to wait till 2 pm on June 30 for their reconsideration… yet no fruitful result has come out. Hence, we have decided to resort to a no-purchase agitation on July 5 and a no-purchase-no sale agitation on July 12 across the country,” Daruwalla added.
As per an IANS report, West Bengal Petroleum Dealers’ Association president Tushar Sen has claimed that automated system has been installed in only one per cent of the petrol pumps in his state. “The oil marketing companies were supposed to install 100 per cent automated system at the pumps. But they have not done it. Our national body AIPDA has called the nationwide strike on July 12. Ahead of that, we won’t purchase any oil on July 5 as a mark of protest,” he was quoted as saying.
Members of North East India Petroleum Dealers’ Association (NEIPDA) has also called a 24- hour strike from Monday. According to an official statement issued by NEIPDA, the pumps will re-open around 5 am on Tuesday. Earlier too the AIPDA had protested daily revision of petrol, diesel rates. “The rate changes are usually done by using the petrol vending machine’s password which is a confidential code usually kept with the owner and managers,” Utkal Petroleum Dealers Association (UPDA) general secretary Sanjay Lath said.