Petrol pumps demand Sunday off; reduced work hours

the asian age

Business, Companies

Move comes amid demands by petrol pump dealers for a hike in commission on fuel sale.

In past, petrol dealers have raised their demand for a hike in commission.

Mumbai: As many as 25,000 petrol pumps in some parts of country will down their shutters starting May 14 every Sunday, according to a report in Business Standard.

The call by petrol pumps under the umbrella of Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers was seen as in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's push for a less fuel consumption regime.

However, the report adds the decision might be a pressure tactics employed by these dealers for getting a hike in commission on fuel sale.

Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers claims it has some 25,000 petrol pumps in its kitty in parts of Maharashtra and some pockets of southern India.

Interestingly, the All India Petroleum Dealers' Association has distanced itself from the announcement and said that it was not part of the agitation.

Earlier, the CIPD has raised its demand for a hike in commission on fuel sales. The government has still not taken any decision on the demand, but it is now highly likely that government will accelerate its procedure to redress their appeal.

"Except for emergency services like ambulance, fuel will not be available for other vehicles on Sundays,"  Business Standard quoted CIPD president A D Sathyanarayan as saying. The association is also considering an eight-hour working days from May, he added.