The Association has decided to start an agitation in a phase-wise manner. Over 53,000 petrol pump outlets across India will not provide fuel to consumers on November 15, said the national president of the association, Ajay Bansal. 

 

The dealers had observed a symbolic stir on October 19, by stopping work at all bunks from 7 pm to 7.15 pm. A similar stir will be observed by the dealers as they will stop supplying petroleum products on October 26 from 7 pm to 7.15 pm.

 

The stir is being held against the Centre for not fulfilling their demand of revising their commission structure.

 

"In the next stage, the dealers will not buy nor sell any petroleum products including petrol and diesel,” said K Vishwas Shenoy, General Secretary of Karnataka State Petroleum Dealers’ Association in a press meet.

 

Ethanol not blending

 

The dealers have complained that earlier only 5% ethanol was being mixed in the petrol. But currently, the quantity of ethanol has been increased to 10%. "When we get the petrol supply, the ethanol is not properly mixed with the petrol, causing damage to vehicle engines, when used. Mixing ethanol is a good option to save on foreign exchange. But it is problematic as the customers always have complaints about the petrol causing damage to the vehicle. So, while sending the supply, ethanol should be properly mixed with the petrol," said Shenoy.

 

Implement Apurva Chandra Committee report

 

The Apurva Chandra committee, formed to look into the problems of the petroleum dealers, has already submitted its report. The committee has recommended revising dealer commissions once in six months. The government has turned a deaf ear toward this recommendation and has even neglected the demand of paying one part of the generator expense (caused due to problem in power supply) and expense on labourers, said the Association.