Petroleum dealers have appealed to the government and consumers to not point fingers at them for all the anomalies in petroleum sector.
Speaking at the 39th annual general meeting and 15th national convention of Nepal Petroleum Dealers National Association (NPDNA) in Kathmandu on Friday, they expressed dissatisfaction over black-market charges leveled on them.
“Though we have been putting best of our efforts to serve public, a number of petroleum dealers are still behind the bars. Security forces and the government monitoring teams are leveling charges and taking action against us for mistakes that we did not make,” Lilendra Pradhan, president of NPDNA, said. “Such suppressing acts are forcing many people out of this business.” He also said that the petroleum dealers will not be able to operate fuel stations if the government’s attitude toward dealers is not change immediately.
Speaking at the program, Shiva Ghimire, president of Nepal LP Gas Industry Association, said that government has been making false accusations against petroleum dealers without conducting proper investigations. “We are not getting the right amount of fuel from the state-owned supplier. If we do anything to recover the loss, the government takes action against us,” he added.
Meanwhile, Shreedhar Sapkota, secretary at the Ministry of Supplies (MoS), said that the petroleum dealers have to be responsible and rectify their mistakes so that country’s petroleum sector grows smoothly. “The government will listen to voices raised by the private sector. But the demands should be logical,” he added
He also expressed commitment to bring about reforms in Nepal Oil Corporation (NOC) and the domestic petroleum sector.
On the occasion, NOC Managing Director Gopal Khadka said that NOC was working to address burning of the country’s petroleum sector.