NPTA backs NPDA stir

Kathmandu, March 29:

Petrol supply likely to be hit.

Nepal Petroleum Transport Association will support the protest programme of Nepal Petroleum Dealers’ Association (NPDA). The agitation by both associations threatens smooth supply of petroleum products to Kathmandu.

NPDA will halt collection of petroleum products from depots of Nepal Oil Corporation from tomorrow. It alleged that the government move to give Rs 10 subsidy per litre of diesel to industries and hotels had fuelled corruption.

In a programme at Hetauda today, it said it would support NPDA. Federation of Tanker Entrepreneurs, Central Development Region Tanker Entrepreneurs’ Association and Tanker Operators’ Association announced their 14-point charter of demands before starting their strike from March 28.

The petroleum dealers have been repeatedly asking NOC to provide them three per cent commission on the sale of petroleum products but the corporation has turned a deaf ear to their demand, said NPDA.

“The government decreased the price of diesel by Rs 10 per litre as subsidy for industrialists which has created disruption in the petroleum transaction,” it said. NOC has also not implemented the agreement reached with NPTA on December 31, 2007, it alleged.