Representatives of top oil marketing companies (OMC) dissuaded petrol and diesel dealers from going on a strike called on October 13. They said issues concerning dealers would be resolved soon. Fuel dealers have called a nationwide strike to oppose the amendment in the Marketing Discipline Guidelines (MDG) 2012. The amendments levy specific penalties on dealers who deliver lesser quantity of fuel to customers or refuse a customer from using toilets in the fuel station premise. Dealers have also raised queries against keeping certain petroleum products out of the GST ambit and home delivery of certain petroleum products.
“…An independent committee, including Petroleum and Explosive Safety Organisation, is preparing a report on the safe delivery of petroleum products at home, which will ensure dealers are not put to inconvenience,” said Jaykrishnan, Director Marketing, HPCL.
As many as 54,000 dealers were planning to take part in the strike, however, representatives said that about 250-300 dealers were likely to give it a miss. The oil companies also argued how dealers have played unfair by delivering lesser quantity of fuel to customers. “The penalties were brought in to effect to control such discrepancies at fuel stations,” said B S Canth, director of marketing for IOCL.
Meanwhile, Ravi Shinde, president, Mumbai Petrol Dealers Association, said: “Oil companies have refused to meet us or listen to our demands. Decisions like providing toilet to each consumer and levying multiple penalties on dealers are dictatorial and against our interests.”