LPG tanker truck owners have called off their six-day-old strike claiming that oil companies had agreed to accept a few of their demands. Secretary of Southern Region Bulk LPG Transport Operators Association (SRBLPGTOA) N R Karthik told TOI that the tanker trucks had started taking LPG from bottling plants.
“Based on the assurances and requests of the oil companies, we have withdrawn the indefinite strike from Saturday onwards,” he said. The Union government had recently announced a new tender system which would be in effect for five years instead of the existing three-year system. Oil companies such as Indian oil, Bharat Petroleum and Hindustan Petroleum usually float tenders zone-wise — for south India, north India, central India and western India. But the existing system had been changed and the Union government and the oil companies were trying to float tenders state-wise. The members of SRBLPGTOA claimed that they couldn’t participate in tenders other than Tamil Nadu if the oil companies implemented the new tender system. Read More…
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