With the government yet to approve higher commission for petrol pump dealers, the dealers have threatened to stop selling fuel on May 10. Further, the dealers have also said that they will observe a weekly off on every Sunday, starting May 14. Pump owners said that they have received only assurances from oil companies, but no action on the demand for higher commission. Also, there are plans to operate the petrol pumps in single shift, from 9 AM to 6 PM, starting May 15. This will be done to cut costs till the time the government increases commission, said Ravi Shinde, president, Petrol Dealers’ Association.
It may be recalled that as per a circular issued by Indian Oil Corporation, the commission for dealers is currently Rs 2.56 per liter for petrol and Rs 1.65 per liter for diesel. The pump owners want this to be increased to Rs 3.33 per liter on petrol and Rs 2.13 a liter on sale of diesel, as per the recommendations of Apoorva Chandra committee report. Dealers said that the new plans will also help save fuel, as envisioned by Prime Minister Narendra Modi.