Oil ministry flags Sunday holiday for fuel outlets

Oil ministry flags Sunday holiday for fuel outlets”

Chennai: From May 14 onwards all the petrol bunks in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry would be shut on all Sundays as part of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's mission to creating a "clean and prosperous new India". The fuel pump owners have claimed that the decision to shut down fuel outlets was taken a few years back.

All India Petroleum Dealers Association President Ajay Bansal told PTI that the association, which has almost 46,000 petrol pump owners as members, are not participating in the closure.

The president of the Federation of All Maharashtra Petrol Dealers Association, Uday Lodh said that the decision came in to support the various demands made to the three public sector oil companies which have not reviewed dealer margins since 2011.

Kumar, also the Vice-President of Tamil Nadu Petroleum Dealers Association, said almost 20,000 outlets in Tamil Nadu, Kerala, Karnataka, Puducherry, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Maharashtra and Haryana would be shut for 24 hours on Sundays, starting May 14.

K.P. Murali said that, "On an average the per day sales of fuel is for around Rs 153 crore".

He also said that dealers are within their rights to declare Sunday as a holiday and that they had been paying employees double wages.

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Murali said the Sunday-holiday decision will save around 20 per cent fuel burned in the country.

To address any emergency situation, the petrol pumps will have one staff member on the holidays to provide fuel.

"A decision has been taken but we are waiting for a final communication from CIPD", Ashok Nareddi of Telangana Petroleum Dealers' Association told IANS.

He added that petrol pumps in the seven states and Puducherry will work from May 15 only on single shift - 9 6 p.m.

According to him, in Tamil Nadu and Puducherry, there were 250-300 outlets owned by oil marketing companies which are not members of the association.

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