Maharashtra pumps on strike from midnight
The FAMPEDA is going on strike to protest the 34% sales tax in Maharashtra, which is the highest in the country.Updated: Sep 17, 2006 17:03 IST
About 2,200 petrol and CNG stations of the state under the banner of Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers' Association (Fampeda), will go on an indefinite strike from Sunday midnight to protest against the state government's "high level of sales tax and other related issues."
"The sales tax in Maharashtra is the highest in the country at 34 per cent when compared to its neighbouring states of Goa - 21 per cent, Andhra Pradesh - 28 per cent, Gujarat - 28 per cent and Karnataka - 30 per cent," Fampeda President Ravi Shindhe said in Mumbai, on Sunday.
"The disparity is leading to the flight of high volume of diesel trade from our state to the neighbouring state which have markedly lower rates," he added.
Fampeda General Secretary Uday Lodh said, repeated missives to draw the government's attention to the plight of dealers have gone in vain and they had no other alternative but to go on an indefinite strike.
"The strike will continue if the government does not invite us to find an amicable solution to our problems," he added.