Petrol pump dealers call off strike, authorities comply with demands
The Gurgaon petroleum dealers’ association suspended its day-long strike late on Monday night after their delegation met with state BJP chief Subhash Barala along with the senior officials of the excise and taxation department in Chandigarh.
The dealers also met additional chief secretary Roshan Lal.
The all Haryana petrol pump dealers’ association had announced an indefinite strike across the state starting from July 20 demanding a reduction in the Value Added Tax (VAT) on petrol and diesel by the Haryana government.
Manish Yadav, vice-president of the Gurgaon petroleum dealers association (GPDA), said that the strike was withdrawn after the state government assured them that it would act on their demands in a month’s time.
“The government has agreed to review the VAT. Also, it has admitted that there was a loss of petroleum products amounting to Rs 354 crore because of evaporation, which will be refunded after a study,” Yadav said adding that the state government had also agreed to give rebate on the property tax on the filling stations on which it had been charging commercial property tax.
There are currently 120 filling stations in Gurgaon.
“Another reason why we called off the strike was that the people were facing problems because of the shut down,” Yadav added.
Meanwhile, the state BJP chief Subhash Barala said that they have spoken to the petroleum dealers and asked for necessary files for calculation of the evaporation loss. “Reviewing VAT can take up to three months since we will have to talk to the companies and check the necessary data. However, we are happy that dealers have suspended their strike,” he said.
On Monday, around 115 petrol filling stations across the city were shut down, causing inconvenience to the commuters. Several people were seen waiting for hours at the company/ government- operated petrol pumps to get their tanks full.