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Petrol pump strike on Monday

Staff Reporter

NEW DELHI: The Federation of All India Petroleum Traders has called a one-day nationwide strike of petrol pumps on April 18. The Federation has already put up huge posters at petrol pumps across the Capital announcing the strike and stating that no fuel would be sold on Monday.

Stating that all petrol pumps across the country would remain closed from the midnight of April 17 to April 18 midnight, the Federation president, Ashok Badhwar, has charged the Government with failing to keep its promises leading to financial losses to petrol pump owners.

According to Mr. Badhwar, despite making promises, the Government had failed to address their grievance relating to dealer commission. Similarly, other demands raised by them over the years have been ignored by the Government. In order to press their demands, the petrol pumps dealers have been forced to go on one-day nationwide strike, he added.

The Federation has demanded that the dealer commission be raised to 5 per cent from the present 1.59 per cent on petrol and 1.27 per cent on diesel. Its other demands include disbursal of temperature variation allowance, payment of arrears on shrinkage allowance stopped since 1989, re-evaluation of evaporation and handling losses parameters. Demanding uniform pricing of petroleum products across the country, the Federation has asked the Government to provide quality checking equipments and arrangement at petrol pumps for monitoring the quality of products being supplied to them.

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