Pump operators in Kerala are planning to close shops on all Sundays beginning from August 15. They also say that they would not stay open after 8 pm. It is the scarcity of ordinary fuel compared to the not-so popular premium ones and the extra money incurred on power which is making them take such a tough stand. “The rising power tariff, poor dealer commission, loss caused by evaporation of fuel makes it impossible for us to stick to a 24x7 operation," says Radhakrishnan, District President, All Kerala Federation of Petroleum Products.
Meanwhile, the Left Democratic Front (LDF) government in Kerala says, it will evoke the essential services maintenance act if the need arises.
Although the pump operators might have their own reasons for demanding a day's holiday, the Government is determined to stand by the consumer and we hope that it remains the same forever!