THE HINDUSTAN Petroleum Corporation Ltd (HPCL) said that it would not change its decision to impose Rs 50,000 fine and 45-day closure on a dealer for alleged misbehaviour with the company officials.
“There is no going back on our decision as we are following the stringent Union Petroleum Ministry guidelines on penalising dealers, who don’t comply with the Government rules and regulations”, Sunil Oberoi, Chief Regional Manager, HPCL, Lucknow told HT.
He said that the company was unfazed by the threat of petro-dealers, who’re planning longer strike to protest the closure of Charan’s HPCL petrol pump. He said the pump staff misbehaved the company officials when they were on an inspection.
“Our inspection team had found that the dealer in question was delivering ‘excess’ petrol through one of its dispensers when inspected by the team. The inspecting officials were stopped by the petrol pump staff from leaving the premises. Later, the pump owner came to the HPCL office and stated that let the inspection continue but as per the norms inspections should be carried out in a stipulated period which was interrupted by the pump staffers”, Oberoi said
The company regulations say that a retail outlet should neither deliver excess nor less petrol to the customers and maintain delivery of the right quantity of fuel”, he said.
Meanwhile, Mohammed Zubair, President of the UP Petroleum Dealers Association said that the HPCL petrol pumps would remain closed on Thursday. “We have written to the Central Vigilance Commission officials to take action against the officials, who visited the pump,” he said.
“If our demands are not met within the next two days, the Association will announce a strike involving petro-dealers of other oil marketing companies also on November 17,” he added.