LPG distributors to go on indefinite strike from February 25
February 24, 2014 - Hyderabad
LPG Distributors are being forced to go on an indefinite strike, the first time in 40 years from Tuesday to press their multiple demands including waiving of heavy financial penalties, pilfer proof cylinders and immediate cancellation of new advertised distributorships.
The Federation of LPG distributes of India and the All India LPG distributors federation said that these as biased against the dealers. Following the Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas had not responded to their demands despite they had held several rounds of talks that drove them to go on indefinite strike.
The strike will affect a nearly 150 million cooking gas consumers in the country. As many 13,000 distributions would stop delivering refills except essential consumers like hospitals.
The demands include that the Ministry and the oil marketing companies (OMCs) to fix a uniform price for the LPG cylinders as the variation in price was what led to one type of cylinder being misused for another. The dealers are also demanding pilfer-proof seals on cylinders, a fool-proof delivery system that they say are currently non-existent, and the immediate cancellation of newly advertised distributorships. The organisations sought a systematised method of delivery of cylinders, change the policy of appointment of distributors are among others.