Ministry says that the Prime Minister Narendra Modi appealed people in Mann Ki Baat not to use fuel for one day.
Petroleum Ministry disapproves the decision of shutting down the Petrol Pumps on Sundays in the eight states. The decision was taken by the petroleum dealers after receiving the call from the Prime Minister Narendra Modi to conserve the fuel.
The Consortium of Indian Petroleum dealers has taken the decision to press off the fuel pumps and nearly 25,000 petrol pumps in the eight states are under its umbrella to close the petrol pumps on Sundays.
The eight states are Telangana, Andhra Pradesh, Kerala, Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Haryana, Puducherry, and Maharashtra.
The Petroleum Ministry which was headed by Dharmendra Pradhan said, that it did not approve the decision to shut down the petrol pumps on Sundays.
The Minister said in a tweet that, “@PetroleumMin neither endorses nor approves of move by small section of dealers to keep their petrol pumps closed on Sundays @dpradhanbjp.”
Prime Minister addressed about it in his monthly radio Programme “Mann Ki Baat” saying that not to use the fuel for one day as a part of government’s save fuel, save oil campaign.
Some of the Officials say that the petrol pump dealers are using the tactics to get their complaints heard and demands met. The dealers have already warned that they would go on strike if the required commission on the fuel was not increased.
The dealers also wanted to reduce their work hours at the fuel pumps and need a work cycle for the employees. The decision was seen in some parts of the country as a protest against their unfulfilled demands.
The close of fuel pumps on Sundays will entice the punitive actions from administration under Essential Commodities Act as petrol and petroleum products come under the essential commodities.
Moreover, some of the petrol pump dealers have not agreed on the decision of shutting down the petrol pumps on Sundays. They have rejected the idea altogether.