Petrol pump dealers call off their October 13 nationwide strike


New Delhi, Oct 11: Petrol pump dealers have called off their nationwide strike scheduled for October 13, Friday, news agency ANI reported . 

The protest was called against discrepancies in supply and demand to include petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

With strike around 54,000 petrol pumps across India would have been affected.

Petrol pump dealers have withdrawn their strike after tough stance taken by oil marketers. The state-run oil marketers on Tuesday said they are baffled by the decision as almost all their demands have already been met but cautioned that being an Esma subject they may approach the states to scuttle the protest.

Addressing the media jointly, marketing directors of the three state-run OMCs including IOC, BPCL and HPCL — rebutted dealers’ allegations point-by-point, and said in the last 11 months, their commission was hiked thrice, latest hike being on August 1, taking the total dealer commission to Rs 3.50/L for petrol and Rs 2.10/L for diesel and Rs 45/cylinder of cooking gas, PTI reported.

Last week, All India Petroleum Dealers Associate’s , Ajay Bansal announced that if we don’t get appropriate response from oil companies will go on indefinite strike from October 27.

Our demands include dealer margins and commissions, solving discrepancies in supply and petroleum products should be included under Goods ans services Tax(GST), he had told media.

Wefornews Bureau 

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