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Posted at: Apr 21, 2017, 12:59 AM; last updated: Apr 21, 2017, 10:34 AM (IST)

Petroleum dealers adamant on Sunday shutdown

Petroleum dealers adamant on Sunday shutdown
The association would not bow to any threat from the government and oil companies.

Parveen Arora

Tribune News Service

Karnal, April 20

Sticking to their plan of closing petrol pumps every Sunday from May 14, the Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) and Petroleum Dealers Welfare Association (PDWA), Haryana, have made it clear that they will not backtrack from their decision taken in Kurukshetra on April 8 and 9.

Filling stations across the country will be shut on Sundays, they assert. The associations have sought time from Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking intervention to resolve the issue.

“We are firm on our decision of closing petrol pumps every Sunday and have sought time from the Prime Minister to apprise him of the problems being faced by us,” said Shamsher Singh Gogi, member, steering committee, CIPD, and state president, PDWA, Haryana.

Talking to The Tribune here today, he said the association would not bow to any threat from the government and oil companies.

“We will fight till the acceptance of our demands, including enhancement in dealers’ margin, release of fuel to dealers in the permissible limit of ambient temperature and fulfilling of evaporation loss,” he said.

He criticised the remarks of Union Minister Dharmendra Pradhan. Gogi said the minister, instead of inviting the associations for talks to resolve the issue, had threatened them of dire consequences, which was not acceptable to them.

“The indifferent attitude of oil companies and the ministry has forced us to take the decision of keeping a day off a week to cut daily expenditure. The sole purpose of the meeting in Kurukshetra was to find a way of forcing oil companies to implement the agreement of November 4 last year,” he added.

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