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Petrol pump strike till 6 pm in Jaipur today

If the matter remains unresolved, they plan an indefinite strike starting October 2.

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October 13, 2023, 9:19 pm

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JAIPUR: Petrol pump operators in Rajasthan, including Jaipur, are striking on Sunday.

From 6 am to 6 pm on October 1, pumps will be shut demanding a VAT reduction on petrol and diesel. Earlier on Saturday, they turned off pump lights and halted sales from 8 to 10 pm.

Rajendra Singh Bhati, the President of the Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, mentioned that the government promised a solution to the VAT issue within 10 days.

However, after 13 days, no resolution has been reached. As a result, they have opted for today’s strike. If the matter remains unresolved, they plan an indefinite strike starting October 2.

The officer bearers said that around 7,000 pumps will close across the state, while roughly 100 cocoa pumps will stay operational. Daily sales are expected to drop significantly, leading to a governmental revenue loss of approximately Rs 44 crore daily.

Earlier, the association had held a symbolic strike on September 13 and 14. A subsequent indefinite strike initiated on September 15 was halted after receiving assurance from the government. Bhati recalled a September 15 meeting chaired by Cabinet Minister Pratap Singh Khachariyawas, where a 10-day solution period was agreed upon. That period has passed without resolution, leading to the renewed strike.

Which petrol pumps are open in Jaipur?

  • Hindustan Petroleum locations at Vidyadhar Nagar, Daulatpura Chandwaji Road, and near Jacob Road’s Ajmer corner.
  • Indian Oil stations near Mansarovar Tibetan Market and opposite the Central Jail.
  • Bharat Petroleum at Sahakar Marg 22 Godown Circle, Jagatpura, and Sitapura.

On September 15, there was an agreement to form a committee addressing the VAT issue, including representatives from the Dealers Association and oil companies.

Bhati highlighted that 270 pumps have already closed due to high VAT rates, with 2,000 more at risk. He questioned the government’s reliance on the Central Government for fuel VAT when it remains independent of gas cylinder pricing.

First published: October 1, 2023