LPG truckers strike continues in Assam; IOC mulls giving 5-kg cylinders to distributors

Guwahati, September 14: An LPG crisis is looming large in Assam and Northeast as the strike by the employees of the North East Packed LPG Transporters’ Association (NEPLTA) is entering its seventh day on Friday.

The NEPLTA has ceased their operations of packed LPG trucks for an indefinite period from September 8 in support of their various demands.

The Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) on Thursday stated that it is considering supplying 5 kg cylinders to the distributors for sale at the gates of its bottling plants.

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It may be mentioned that a meeting was conducted by the Principal Secretary, Food, Civil Supplies & Consumer Affairs Department with the higher officials of the IOCL authority on Wednesday to take stock of the situation and for discussing the issues raised by the Association.

The necessary instructions in this regard have been sent to the Deputy Commissioners and Superintendents of Police of Kamrup, Tinsukia, Cachar, Chirang and Dibrugarh with information to the DGP, Assam, requesting them to take necessary action in order to ensure that the entry points/gates to the LPG Bottling Plants under their respective jurisdiction are kept open, enabling smooth passage of the vehicles/employees/ workers to the bottling plants.

The NEPLTA operates around 3,000 trucks to transport LPG cylinders from IOCL’s six plants at North Guwahati, Sarpara, Bongaigaon, Duliajan, Gopanari and Silchar to various distributors across Assam.

The IOCL will also make available non-subsidised small cylinders at retail fuel stations.

Due of the strike, the loading and supplying of finished cylinders from the IOCL’s six bottling plants in Assam has fully stopped.