Gas dealers end strike

MUKEET AKMALI

Srinagar, Nov 6: The gas dealers Tuesday called off their two-day strike following assurances by Director Consumer Affairs and Public Distribution department. After holding deliberations with Director CA&PD Mir Mushtaq, the All Kashmir LPG Distributors Association decided to call off the strike and resume normal functioning from Wednesday.
“The association representatives were invited by Director CA&PD Kashmir in his office chamber. After having discussed the issues in length, Mushtaq Sahib on behalf of the State Government  assured the association that all genuine problems and grievances will be addressed in a joint meeting between oil companies, distributors and the State administration which shall be convened soon,” said Abdul Hamid, secretary of the association.
Hamid said that they have conveyed message to all LPG dealers in Kashmir valley to resume their normal activities from Wednesday. “All the shops and gas agencies will be open from Wednesday and consumers can come for submitting KYC forms and other documents with their respective gas dealers for fulfilling verification process,” he said.
Gas dealers had called for the strike against the State Government and oil companies for “failing to tackle LPG crisis in the valley.”
The dealers had alleged that State Government was creating confusion among the masses by issuing rhetoric statements while oil companies were forcing them to implement new LPG policy in letter and spirit.
Meanwhile, the strike today left consumers high and dry as they had to return from gas agencies empty handed.
At many places consumers held demonstrations against the dealers for closing their business establishments. Consumers complained that they were not aware of the call and they were not expecting the strike.
“I have come from Tral to Sonawar gas agency for fulfilling documentation, but I was left disappointed as the gas dealer has closed his office,” Muhammad Maqbool, a Government employee who had taken a day off from his office, said.
“It is unfortunate that instead of mitigating the problems of consumers, gas dealers are further adding to our woes by closing down their shops and offices,” LPG consumers complained.
They said: “It is not appropriate for gas dealers to go on strike at a time when people are already suffering due to new LPG policy.”

Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 21:30:00 Makkah time
Lastupdate on : Tue, 6 Nov 2012 18:30:00 GMT
Lastupdate on : Wed, 7 Nov 2012 00:00:00 IST




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