KARACHI: The Pakistan Petroleum Dealers Association (PPDA) announced on Thursday going on a nationwide strike on July 18, demanding the government increased the distributors’ commission.
According to reports, banners were hung at petrol pumps in Lahore regarding the dealer’s strike and demands. According to the general secretary of the PPDA, the minimum wage has been increased to Rs25,000.
Moreover, electricity prices have also surged whereas load-shedding hours have been extended, resulting in generator costs. Therefore, the PPDA demanded that the government increase their commission to 6% as promised.
Further hindering the distribution process has been the monsoon rains, which have inundated Karachi’s Keamari oil installation areas. The lack of a drainage system has brought the movement of oil tankers to a standstill.
According to All Pakistan Oil Tankers Owners Association (APOTOA) Chairman Mir Shams Shahwani, rain water is stagnant in Keamari, Korangi, and Port Qasim oil installation areas in Karachi. Reportedly, at least 6,000 oil tankers await filling, as rainwater is accumulated in oil terminals of 21 fuel importing companies.