Rajasthan Petrol Pump Strike: Petrol pumps in Rajasthan will remain closed between 10 am and 6 pm on Wednesday and Thursday across the state, as the Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association has called for a strike to protest the high value-added tax (VAT) rate on petrol and diesel. The Association has called for a two-day symbolic strike on September 13 and September 14.
State President of Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, Rajendra Singh Bhati, told PTI that the first day’s strike started at 10 am. The pumps will remain closed till evening.
On Thursday also fuel pumps will remain closed from 10 am to 6 pm, he said. He said that the call for fuel pump strike was taken against high VAT rates on fuel in the state. More than 5,700 privately operated fuel pumps across the state are participating in the strike.
A large crowd was seen at many petrol pumps on Wednesday morning, as people were not aware about the strike.
Bhati threatened an indefinite strike from September 15, if the state government failed to act on the issue.
The petrol and diesel rates for each day, whether new or constant, are announced at 6 am on the day. These, however, vary from state to state due to value-added tax (VAT), freight charges, local taxes, etc. In Jaipur, the petrol price on Wednesday stood at Rs 108.48 per litre and diesel was at Rs 93.72 per litre, according to oil marketing companies. In Jodhpur, the per-litre prices for petrol and diesel are Rs 108.29 and Rs 93.56, respectively.
Petrol in Delhi is being sold at Rs 96.72 a litre while diesel is being sold at Rs 89.62 a litre. Whereas in Mumbai, petrol is available at Rs 106.31 and diesel at Rs 94.27 per litre.
(With Inputs From PTI)