54,000 petrol pumps across the country will stop their services on Friday, October 13 if the demands of the United Petrol Front (UPF) are not fulfilled by the government. The organisation has demanded the petrol products to be included under the Goods and Services (GST) and the Daily Price Mechanism (Daily price changes) to be revised as the move has turned out to be of no benefit for either the consumers or the traders. Earlier today, Congress leader Rahul Gandhi had slammed the Centre for the excessive fuel pricing, indicating that the current government is exploiting the common man and profiting from the high fuel prices.

Not just the public, but traders have also now started voicing their concern regarding the prices as they continue to suffer. Earlier the dealers had threatened to go on strike in August blaming losses of more than Rs 400 cr over the daily revision of fuel prices. Now the situation seems to have worsened as the UPF, the umbrella organisation to all three nationwide organisations of all petrol dealers — Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, All India Petroleum Dealers Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers in a meeting decided to abort services throughout the nation if their demands are not met.

“All the petroleum products must be brought under the Goods & Services Tax regime so that our long-pending demand of ‘one nation, one rate’ can be fulfilled to benefit the consumers,” said Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers Association (FAMPEDA) President Uday Lodh.

Further demanding the implementation of an agreement signed with oil marketing companies (OMCs) in Novemebr, 2016 Lodh said we will have to stop buying and selling fuel and go on an indefinite nationwide strike till these trade incongruities are not resolved.

The association members also are upset with the unfair marketing guidelines of the OMCs which impose unnecessary penalties on them. 

“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 shall launch an indefinite nationwide strike till all the trade anomalies are resolved,” Lodh said.

Earlier the OMCs had given in to the demands of the dealers in August when they raised their commission by up to 45% on petrol and 60% on diesel as the traders had threaten to go on strike.

(With inputs from agencies)