Pune: Petrol dealers from the city will observe no purchase day on Wednesday. On July 12, no purchase and no sale day will be observed to protest against the government on certain policies as well as several other reasons. The July 12 strike is set to be observed across the country.
Speaking to Sakal Times, President of Poona Petroleum Dealers Association, Baba Dhumal said that the ministry is only engaging in discussions with regard to various problems faced by the dealers instead of taking concrete action.
He said that the dynamic pricing policy has led to massive losses for dealers. “In the last few days since dynamic pricing was introduced, dealers have faced losses to the tune of Rs two to three lakh each. The petrol we buy on a particular day at a particular price does not get over in one day. The prices fall on the next day leading to losses. Earlier, oil companies would compensate us for the losses but that is not the case anymore,” he said.
He further said that several petrol pumps have shut shop in the recent past as irregularities were found in the fuel dispensed. “Several pumps are still using old machines, we have been demanding for the new dispensing units as the old machines are not functioning properly. These new machines are exorbitantly priced. Due to the checking recently, several pumps using old machines had to shut shop,” he said.
Speaking on the matter, spokesperson of All India Petrol Dealers Association (AIPDA) Ali Daruwalla said that dealers are being harassed by police officers over this issue. “Under the pretext of the chip being fitted in the petrol pump, police officers are unnecessarily harassing dealers even after oil companies have given a clean chit to them. Especially, Indian Oil pumps are being targeted,” he said.
He further stated that they are also opposing the concept of home delivery of petroleum products in the city. “Oil companies are also pushing for home delivery of petroleum products. We are against this and are opposing this move even before it has been passed,” Daruwalla added.