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NEIPDA supports strike by petroleum dealers on October 13

FROM A CORRESPONDENT
JORHAT, Oct 11: North-East India Petroleum Dealers’ Association (NEIPDA) has supported the 24-hour strike on October 13 called by the United Petroleum Front, constituted by three national bodies - the Federation of All India Petroleum Traders, the All India Petroleum Dealers’ Association and Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers representing 54,000 dealers across the country.
Addressing a press conference on Tuesday, president of the NEIPDA, Upper Assam chapter, Samiran Bordoloi said, “The strike has been called for fulfillment of long-pending demands of the public sector petroleum dealers. Oil marketing companies are neglecting the demands of the dealers. Northeast region dealers are facing various problems, but the companies are paying equal commission to all dealers of the country. Petroleum products should be brought under GST so that our long-pending demand of ‘one nation, one rate’ is fulfilled to benefit the consumers.”
Speaking at the press conference, Nagesh Singh, executive member of the association, said, “The oil marketing companies (OMC) executed an agreement with dealer federations on November 4,  2016 to resolve dealer issues and demands which should be implemented as agreed, that include revision on Return of Investment, revision of dealer margin every six months, revised manpower requirement, fresh study on petroleum product handling losses, product transportation issues, ethanol blending without proper equipment and others, all of which continue to remain neglected.” He added, “The OMC recently amended the marketing discipline guidelines, to penalize the RO dealer up to Rs 2,00,000 as against a monthly business return of Rs 27,500, which is arbitrary, unjustified  and unconstitutional.”