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Petrol bunks to observe bandh in city on October 13

Petrol bunks to observe bandh in city on October 13”

The strike call by petroleum dealers is headed for a showdown with the oil marketing companies on Tuesday threatening that Essential Commodity Act (ECA) will apply in case of disruption of services due to the strike.

The Goa Petrol Pump Owners Association (GPPOA) has chose to join the nationwide protest call given by United Petroleum Front on October 13 but has said "emergency services would be spared from the strike". The three OMCs- IOC, BPCL and HPCL have nearly 54,000 dealerships, out of which 1,000 are company-owned, company-operated ones, which will remain open if the strike takes place.

According to the OMCs, till recently the vending machines at the petrol pumps were sealed by Weights & Measure Department (W&MD) on finding of any discrepancies. As per the new guidelines, if they do not maintain toilets in every retail outlets, if they do not deliver the right quantity of petrol to the customers, if they do not pay their employees as per the labour laws, if they do not adopt automation etc, the companies plan to penalise the retail outlets. If our demands are not met, we will resort to indefinite protest from October 27. Fuel dealers have called a nationwide strike to oppose the amendment in the Marketing Discipline Guidelines (MDG) 2012. Oil companies never criticised the dealers or the union openly but with changing time this had to be done, he added.

As per reports by PTI, oil marketing directors of the three state-run OMCs namely IOC, BPCL and HPCL rebutted dealers' allegations point-by-point, and said in the last 11 months, their commission was hiked thrice, latest hike being on August 1.



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