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.
The petrol pump who has earlier made a decision to go on a nation- wide strike on October 13 has now called off the idea after state oil company threatened to cancel contracts of around 300 major dealers on Wednesday.
The three OMCs have appealed to these dealers not to go ahead with the strike, and have said that even if they do, the 1,000 "company-owned, company-operated" stations will continue operations.
While the oil companies did appeal for calling off the strike, they also warned petrol pump operators of strict action, including facing the prospect of cancellation of dealership contract. S Jeyakrishnan, director of marketing, HP said, "Changes have to be brought about". "Their demands are very unreasonable as nearly all their demands have been met and issues resolved". They did not intimate us on this.
"But if they've issues with new marketing discipline guidelines and the penalties for not implementing them, then all I can say is that only those flouting these norms need to worry. In case we feel there may be some disruption, we will approach the state governments concerned and seek their intervention to ensure the public is not inconvenienced". Still he added he "expects them to see reason and act accordingly, as there is no demand which are met".
According to the OMCs, certain dealers have managed to manipulate the vending machines at the petrol pumps that were sealed by Weights & Measure Department (W&MD) and cheat the consumers.
The dealers commission fixed recently factors in the prevailing minimum wages. Hoping that the strike may not happen, OMC officials said luckily hundreds of dealers are coming onto social media saying they are not joining the strike.