Oil Minister Dharmendra Pradhan said on Wednesday that the central government will soon launch the facilities to order diesel and petrol online. This he said was to encourage digital transations as envisaged by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.
Speaking at an event in Delhi, Pradhan said, “Can we connect oil with IT and telecommunications? We plan to put all petroleum products on e-commerce platform.”
The minister said that the relevant departments within the government had already approved the idea.
He later tweeted, “Using the technological advancements in the IT & Telecom Sector we will soon be starting online home delivery of Diesel & Petrol.”
Using the technological advancements in the IT & Telecom Sector we will soon be starting online home delivery of Diesel & Petrol.
— Dharmendra Pradhan (@dpradhanbjp) September 27, 2017
Some reports said that the minister had first mooted the idea before a consultative committee of members of Parliament in Srinagar on Friday last week.
Under the plan consumers can order petrol and diesel online and their required petroleum products will be delivered to their addresses by the oil companies.
He said, “The size of the entire petroleum industry will come to the tune of Rs 6.5 lakh crore. We have about 40 million consumers coming to about 1,00,000 retail outlets across the country on a daily basis. We want this consumer base to be linked to information technology and mobile platforms, and want the co-operation of the mobile industry in this.”
Modi government has been condemned for failing to check the soaring prices of petrol and diesel even when the price for the international crude oil has been at historic low.