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Petrol pumps to remain closed on April 13

The strike by dealers is in pursuit of higher commission on petrol sales and scrapping of fines on evaporation losses.

business Updated: Apr 09, 2007 15:57 IST

Petrol pump owners have called for a nationwide strike on April 13, demanding that dealer commission on petrol sale be hiked and fines on evaporation losses be done away with.

The strike, which has been called by the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders (FAIPT), will be effective from April 12 midnight.

"Currently, we get a commission of one percent per litre. This rate has been fixed since the last 10 years," FAIPT secretary Ajay Bansal told IANS.

"Petrol prices have been touching the sky, but we never benefited from that. We want this to be hiked to five percent of the total invoice value," Bansal added.

According to FAIPT, the government must also stop imposing fines on losses due to evaporation of petrol.

The dealers have asked for the appointment of an appellate authority to which dealers can direct their demands and issues. FAIPT has also threatened to go on an indefinite strike from April 27 midnight if the petroleum ministry did not meet their demands.

According to Bansal, all issues pertaining to dealers have been submitted to the ministry, but no action has yet been taken.

First Published: Apr 09, 2007 15:48 IST