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State petrol pumps held to ransom, owners call for strike

Shillong, Nov 19: Petrol pump owners in Meghalaya under the aegis of the Petroleum Dealers Association, Meghalaya (PDA-M) have threatened to go on a one day strike on November 25 due to closure of four petrol pumps in the state owing to non-supply of petrol on the behest of a union in Assam.
“The PDA-M has resolved to call for a no purchase, no sale strike on November 25 demanding immediate permission to the four dealers to load Motor Spirit and High Speed Diesel and let them continue the trade,” PDA-M president Kennedy Khyriem said.
Narrating the events which led to the Assam Petroleum Mazdoor Union (APMU) disallowing vehicled of the four dealers, M/s Mylliem Service Station (Mylliem), M/s Nongstoin Highway Service Station (Nongspung), M/s Ri-Lyngngam Service (Riangdo) and M/s Power Point Service Station (Khliehriat), PDA-M general secretary, Anvil Lyngdoh said that it all started when an employee of M/s Mylliem Service Station at Mylliem, Upper Shillong, Jayprakash Mishra was relieved of his job after he was accused of indulging in malpractices.
Khyriem said that these petrol pumps have been shut down since August 6, since the APMU has not allowed the dealers of these four petrol pumps, who are closely related to each other to load petroleum products from Betkuchi, Guwahati.
The PDA-M president said that they have knocked the doors of the Chief Secretary of Meghalaya to narrate their grievances, but he did not meet them.
Khyriem also said that they met the Indian Oil Corporation and Hindustan Corporation Limited and sat across the table with the members of the APMU but there is no end to their ordeal.
Finally, the four petrol pump dealers filed a Writ Petition with the Gauhati High Court and in its order dated September 20, 2019 the Court suspended the unlawful directive of the APMU. The PDA-M however said that the concerned authorities did not implement this order and supplies still remain closed.
After the order was not implemented, the Court further gave interim orders on September 26, 2019 and October 4, 2019 which were similarly ignored, the association said.
“In its order dated October 26 the Court clearly directed the IOC and the HPC and the district administration to implement its earlier order in letter and spirit, that is supplies should not be closed by the APMU to these four petrol pumps, but the order has not been implemented till date,” the association added.