LPG dealers threaten nationwide strike

LPG dealers on Monday threatened to go on an indefinite nationwide strike from January 19 if the state-owned oil firms did not stop appointing new distributors.

Their demand also included making direct benefit transfer for LPG scheme more practical and not pressure the distributors to take Aadhaar card forcibly from the customers against the direction of the Supreme Court.

"We will stop the sale of all products other than domestic cylinders from January 15 and if our demands are not addressed we will be going on an indefinite strike from January 19," said the LPG Distributors Federation. The federation wants the government to cancel an advertisement issued by state-owned oil companies for the appointment of new distributors all over the country.

"The oil marketing companies have increased the reservation of the open category at the cost of SC/ST and OBC in most of the states, which is in gross violation with the reservation policy approved by the government," the federation said in a statement.

The federation claimed the move was "based on anti-poor and pro-rich policies benefiting only the creamy layer of society and advertised arbitrarily without complying with the directions/approvals given by the Petroleum Ministry."

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