GUWAHATI: The North East India Petroleum Dealers’ Association, Greater Guwahati Unit (NEIPDA, GGU) announced that all fuel retail outlets (ROs) within the Greater Guwahati area shall remain closed from 5 am on November 25 to 5 am on November 26. The Association claimed that the Oil Marketing Companies (OMC) had on various occasions, displayed a nonchalant and high-handed attitude towards the dealers when approached with grievances. As such, putting forth certain demands, the Association has announced the 24-hour strike.
NEIPDA (GGU) president Rajib Goswami said in a press release, “When the OMCs, namely IOCL, BPCL, HPCL were approached by the dealers, they appeared disinterested in the grievances. As such, the Association requested the District Administration to intervene. A meeting was convened at the DC office on August 29. However, the representatives concerned of the OMCs and other two companies BPCL and HPCL stayed away from the meeting for reasons best known to them. The meeting was rescheduled for September 11 but this time, the NEIPDA (GGU) was not intimidated. As such, we have announced a 24-hour strike in view of certain demands.”
“Installation of ‘automation’ at ROs by the respective oil marketing companies, without any written consent or approval from the State authorities, more particularly, the Controller of Explosives (PESO) may cause irreparable damage to life of people. As such, such unauthorized devices should be taken down. However, if the OMCs appear reluctant, then they should provide a written approval to compensate for loss,” said NEIPDA (GGU) general secretary Dwijen Ch Mahanta.
Condemning the matter related to automation as hazardous which should be mitigated on priority, the Association demanded for compliance of their demand with immediate effect.