GUWAHATI: The Indian Oil Corporation Ltd (IOCL), Assam Oil Division has asserted that there is no shortage of domestic LPG in the North East market.
A communiqué issued by the IOCL or IndianOil on Friday stated that as on date the backlog of LPG delivery in the region has reduced to less than 48 hours as compared to March 2020 when the backlog was over 10 days. This has been possible due to the extra effort of the LPG bottling plants and the IOCL's channel partners who have ensured delivery of LPG despite the risk of getting infected in the pandemic.
News of LPG shortage in the market in case the transporters go on a strike has been doing the rounds in certain section of the media.
"Also, as on date, no strike notice has been received by IndianOil and with LPG being an essential commodity, going on strike without any notice will be going against the law. To discuss the concerns raised by the transporters, IndianOil had called for a meeting first on August 26 and 27, but the transporters expressed their inability to attend the meeting due to various constraints," the communiqué said.
Addressing the issues raised by the transporters, IndianOil has clarified that publishing of the tender is done online to promote digital processing of tenders without any human intervention.
"This will maintain the transparency and increase the ease of doing business as envisioned by our Honourable Prime Minister. All administrative actions for the tenders as well as all post tender formalities that require direct communication between IndianOil and the transporters (e.g. work order, BG, document submission etc.) shall be carried out in the State Office headquartered at Guwahati and verification of truck documents will be done in the respective LPG Plants," the communiqué said.