Petrol pump operators have now opened a front against the increased VAT on petrol and diesel in Rajasthan. More than 7 thousand petrol pumps will remain closed across the state from 10 am to 6 pm on 13 and 14 September. Even after this, if the government does not reduce the weight. Petrol pump operators will go on indefinite strike from September 15.
According to the State President of Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, Dr. Rajendra Singh Bhati, “Rajasthan government is charging the highest VAT in the country. Along with petrol pump operators, the general public is also suffering the loss due to this.”
“For a long time we have been demanding weight loss in a peaceful manner. The government is not even paying attention. Therefore, now we are forced to move forward on the path of movement. It will start from 13th September, he added”
He further said, “In the initial phase, we will keep petrol pumps closed symbolically from 10 am to 6 pm on 2 days on 13th and 14th September. During this period, neither petrol will be sold, nor petrol and diesel will be purchased. Even after this if the government did not fulfill our demands. From September 15, petrol pumps across the state will be closed indefinitely. We have written a letter to everyone, from government officials to the police administration, informing them about this.”
Petrol and diesel most expensive in Rajasthan
As per the former president of Rajasthan Petroleum Dealers Association, “The prices of petrol and diesel in Rajasthan are costlier by Rs 13 and Rs 10 compared to other states of the country. Despite this, the government is charging arbitrary VAT from the general public. The general public is suffering the most loss due to this.”
For this reason, about 270 petrol pumps have been closed in Rajasthan in the last 3 years. Whereas many petrol pumps are on the verge of closure due to financial losses. On the other hand, people living in border areas are going to other states to get cheaper petrol. Due to which the government is also suffering financial loss.