IOC eases norms for ST/SC to own fuel outlets

IMPHAL/UKHRUL, 9th Dec: In a landmark move to meet the growing demands of transport fuel, the country's largest fuel retailer, Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) has invited bids from local entrepreneurs for setting-up 84 new petrol pumps across the state.
Briefing media persons at UDWJA office in Ukhrul district on Sunday, IOCL LPG bottling plant Sekmai manager (Plant) Kumrah Solei informed that the corporation is currently inviting online applications from interested and eligible local entrepreneurs for starting five new petrol pumps in different designated sites in the district. The last date for submission of application is December 24, 2018, he added.
"For SC/ST category, selected candidates have only to offer their lands and the requisite infrastructure will be installed by the company," Kumrah informed, urging interested local entrepreneurs to come forward for the bids which will be done by an independent agency with transparency.
He said that the move to set up the new fuel outlets is being initiated as part of the nationwide expansion of retail outlet network of petrol pumps undertaken by PSU Oil Marketing Companies like IOCL, BPCL and HPCL, targeting to open 84 such new outlets in Manipur and 781 numbers in the entire North-East region.
According to him, the advertised locations for the upcoming five new outlets in the district are areas within a distance of 5 km from Dungrei Junction towards Jessami on NH-150, Chaora Kazipphung on NH-150, Kachai village, Winnotang in Ukhrul town and near Ngahui Junction on Imphal-Jessami road.
Stating that the advertisement is for setting up about 27,000 petrol pumps across India primarily to meet the growing fuel demands as well as for customer convenience in emerging markets like upcoming highways, agricultural pockets and industrial hubs, he said: "interested entrepreneurs may see the detail advertisement and brochure available in website, which also provides location details of state, city and district as advertised by the company."
He also informed that retail sales of petrol and diesel are increasing at the rate of approximately 8 per cent and 4 per cent per annum respectively in the country.
"For the first time, the company has also relaxed the eligibility norms for the applicants of having suitable land at the advertised locations with age limit from 21 to 60 years and a minimum of 10th pass for educational qualification," Kumrah disclosed, adding that even applicants without land can also apply on condition that "when called by IOC they should be able to offer land."
He added that with the government's emphasis on ‘ease of doing business’, the process of dealer selection has also been simplified. "As such, a user-friendly online application has been introduced where only selected candidates would be asked to produce the required documents, thereby eliminating the rigmarole of submitting voluminous documents by applicants."
At the same time, the IOCL manager cautioned applicants against the existence of fraudsters and scamsters, citing instances of unauthorised individuals/organisations falsely using name of the company and fraudulently offering dealership on behalf of IOCL.
"The public is advised to visit only the company's official website for authentic and official information. IOCL has not appointed any agencies/persons on its behalf, for selection/appointment of retail outlet dealers across the country nor has it authorised anyone to solicit any money whatsoever from any candidates at any stage of the selection process," he further cautioned.
On the other-hand, IOC Imphal deputy general manager (retail sales) SI Singh told newspersons that interested individuals can see details of the bid from its official website
Number of fuel outlets allocated to state is 25 in Imphal West, Imphal East 16, Thoubal eight, Bishnupur seven, Kakching and Kangpokpi three each, Ukhrul five, Chandel two, Churachandpur eight, two in Noney and one each in Senapati, Tengnoupal, Tamenglong, Pherzawl and Jiribam, he informed. IOC nodal officer for Chandel and Imphal West district TC Kongreng, Bishnupur district nodal officer L Bungpui, Senapati district nodal officer Mohsin Khan, Thoubal & Imphal East disticts' nodal officer M Gaithaochung and Churachandpur district nodal officer H Thangjamon were also present during the press conference.

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