TDC warns IOCL of legal action

IMPHAL, 22nd Sep: Transporters and Drivers’ Council (TDC) has warned of seeking legal help if Indian Oil Corporation Limited (IOCL) continues to flout the regulations mentioned in the tender regarding contract for transporting LPG in the state.
Addressing a press meet held at its office here on Sunday, TDC president H Ranjit said that the council is minutely observing the steering off stir taken up by All Manipur Bulk LPG Transporters’ Association as the situation has created strong possibilities of another bout of LPG crisis in the state. Considering the situation and possible LPG crisis, Ranjit demanded IOCL to resolve the issue at the earliest. He further said that the Council has evidences of corrupt practices by IOCL in engaging transporters for bringing in LPG. In the tender notice, it was clearly mentioned that it requires 230 bullet tankers of 7 MT capacity and added that it would also consider 12 MT tankers if it does not get enough 7 MT tankers.
Despite such criteria, IOCL awarded contract to only 170 tankers including 12 MT tankers without giving preferences to 7 MT tankers. As such, several transporters, who bought 7 MT tankers just to get the contract, are losing their opportunities and money as well. Since these tankers could not be used for other purposes, tanker owners as well as drivers are facing severe inconveniences, he said, while adding that IOCL has nothing to lose if they increase the number of tankers for the purpose.
TDC is not asking to cancel the contracts with already engaged tankers but to engage those left out tankers, he said while demanding to resolve the matter at the earliest. He further cautioned IOCL of taking the matter to the court if the company continues to ignore the issue.
Meanwhile, the council has welcomed the proposal for a full-fledged regional office of FCI in the state as announced by union minister of CAF&PD Ram Vilas Paswan.
It is good news for the people of the state to have a full-fledged FCI regional office in the state as announced by union minister Ram Vilas Paswan.
TDC would like to thank the union minister, chief minister N Biren and CAF&PD minister Karam Shyam as well as department officials for the initiative, he conveyed and added that it will reduce several bottlenecks in procuring PDS items from the Dimapur office.

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