Sunday off for petrol pumps could invoke ECA: Government
The decision will cover Haryana, Maharashtra and the entire southern region — Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh, Telangana, Tamil Nadu, Kerala as well as Puducherry.
“We have to wait and see how this measure impacts on the ground… because petroleum products are classed essential commodities and the Essential Commodities Act (ECA) can be applied depending on the circumastances,” the source said.
Dealers’ body representatives told the media on Tuesday that their decision was in line with Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s recent call to save petrol and diesel.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan, who was in Jaipur on Tuesday to witness the MoU signing for construction of a refinery in Rajasthan by state-run Hindustan Petroleum, is expected to assess the possible fallout of the dealers’ decision here on Wednesday.