On the call of Confederation of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD), the petrol pump owners of the state have now decided to start functioning in a single shift from October 15.
A draft of letter has been sent by CIPD to all the petroleum dealers with a directive to forward the same to food and supplies controllers of their respective regions for information and public convenience.
Gurmeet Monty Sehgal, a petrol pump owner, said: “The government has done nothing to pacify the petroleum dealers despite several requests and memorandums and we have left no other option than to adopt the method of protest, which is beneficial both for public and petrol pump owners."
In the communiqué sent to all the dealers, CIPD general secretary Ravi Shinde has appealed all to be prepared for a protest.
“Not to bow under any pressure from any quarter because now you have decided to be the one to decide your future. No third person can decide how you live, do your business and take decisions about your future,” Shinde appealed.
Sehgal said: “By working in single shift, the petroleum dealers can cut short their recurring expenses and with the pass of time, the general public will get used to new style of functioning.”
“Presently, the petroleum companies are completely misleading the general public by producing frivolous statistics which is illogical. The ministry of petroleum should come up with a white paper on all the worksheets and expenses on petroleum products,” he demanded.
“The height of state is that on LPG products, which are already subsidised and causing losses to petroleum department coffers, the commission of distributors have been increased by more than Rs. 10, but on petrol and diesel, which are adding profits to ministry, no decision has been taken by the government,” he added.
He added that the petroleum companies in spite of cutting-short their expenses, had been putting burdens on the common man which is totally unjustified.