Petrol pumps to go on nationwide strike demanding GST


Nearly 54,000 petrol pumps across India will go on a day-long strike on 13 October in support of their long-pending demands and including petroleum products under the Goods and Services Tax (GST).

Federation Of Maharashtra Petrol Dealers Association (Fampeda) President Uday Lodh said that a decision on the issue was taken at the first joint meeting of United Petroleum Front, an umbrella organisation of three nation-wide organisations of all petrol dealers, reported IANS.

The demands, according to reports, include implementation of the pending agreement signed with oil marketing companies on 4 November, 2016, scrapping unfair penalties imposed under Marketing Discipline Guidelines, and approved but not given dealer margins.

Besides, the UPF has expressed concern over the losses to both consumers and dealers over the daily changing prices of oil products and bringing petroleum products under GST, said Lodh.

“As the first step, we shall stop buying and selling petrol/diesel at all the 54,000 pumps in the country on October 13. If our demands are not accepted, then from October 27, we will launch an indefinite nationwide strike,” Lodh said.

Meanwhile, another union, the All India Petroleum Dealers Association president Ajay Bansal has said that his union will go on indefinite strike from 27 October.

Meanwhile, a petrol dealer said that the decision to combine the three top dealers’ association under an umbrella organisation UPF would result in better coordination and uniform action to fight for their common demands with the OMCs.

A petrol pump union had threatened to go on strike protesting daily revision of petrol and diesel prices, but they deferred their plans after receiving assurances from the government.