The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) is expected to shut their retail outlets on Sundays starting from May 14. CIPD said that except for Ambulance, no other vehicle will be eligible to receive fuel on Sundays, while speaking to a leading English daily.
This association comprising 25000 plus petrol pumps in South (Kerala, Tamil Nadu, Karnataka) and Maharashtra will be kept open only 6 days a week. India has 56190 fuel retail outlets, of which 52604 belong to public sector companies like IOC, BPCL and HPCL.
The reason could be a policy to pressurise the government for squeezing out higher commission. CIPD has come out with the decision before the government’s call on whether to raise dealers’ commission or not.
The association is said to have seconded PM Modi’s aim to reduce fuel consumption. All India Petroleum Dealers' Association stated in public that it wished to distance itself from the decision, as the situation might create panic, and the said decision is not the right way to deliberate the government to increase commission.