Petrol pumps closing time: Veerappa Moily panned for ban-on-night-sale idea

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SummaryPMO and FinMin have rejected the proposal to keep petrol pumps open only from 8 am-8 pm.


In letters sent to the prime minister and the finance ministry, Moily proposed a series of measures, such as a $2.6 million public relations campaign, including "street theatre", to promote lower fuel usage.

Following the outcry, an official at the prime minister's office said the petrol pump suggestion would not be taken up.

The main proposal in Moily's plan was to import more oil from Iran, which accepts payment for its crude in rupees to avoid financial sanctions imposed by the United States.

India has sharply cut oil imports from Iran since U.S. sanctions were imposed last year, and believes it has some headroom to import more without angering Washington.

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