Saturday, January 21, 2012

[ZESTCaste] Govt to reserve 27 pc of new petrol pumps, LPG outlets for OBCs

India | Posted on Jan 20, 2012 at 07:09pm IST
Govt to reserve 27 pc of new petrol pumps, LPG outlets for OBCs
Press Trust of India

New Delhi: In a significant policy change, the government plans to
reserve 27 per cent of new petrol pumps and LPG agencies for Other
Backward Classes (OBCs). Presently, 25 per cent of the sites for new
petrol pumps are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe
(ST) persons.

"We are in the process of formulating new guidelines for setting up of
retail outlets and LPG distributorships. The new guidelines would
provide reservation as has been provided in the Constitution," an Oil
Ministry official said.

As per the guidelines under formulation, the quota for SCs/STs would
be reduced to 22.5 per cent, while 27 per cent of new outlets and
dealerships would be reserved for OBCs.
Govt to reserve 27 pc of new petrol pumps, LPG outlets for OBCs

The remaining 50 per cent of the pumps and dealerships would be
allotted to open or general category candidates, the official said,
adding that 33 per cent of the locations in each category are reserved
for women belonging to that category.

In addition, physically handicapped, paramilitary/police and defence
personnel, freedom fighters and outstanding sports persons would also
get reservation in each of the three categories - SC/ST, OBC and

Presently, physically handicapped persons are given 5 per cent
reservation, while paramilitary/police/government personnel and
defence personnel are each allotted 8 per cent of new petrol pumps.
Another 2 per cent reservation is provided for freedom fighters and
outstanding sports persons, taking the overall reservation to 50 per

The official said petrol pumps would be allocated through a draw of
lots to bring more transparency into the selection process.

Presently, applicants are ranked on the basis of their educational
qualifications, financial background and other criteria and there have
often been allegations of discrimination in the marking system.

Under the new system, all applicants meeting eligibility norms like
owing a plot of land would have an equal chance of being selected in
the draw of lots, which would happen in the presence of all the

The official said the new guidelines are likely to be announced after
completion of Assembly elections in five states, including Uttar
Pradesh and Punjab.

After identifying the location for setting up a retail outlet/LPG
agency, state-owned Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan Petroleum and Bharat
Petroleum would release an advertisement in leading newspapers (one
English and one Hindi/vernacular) inviting applications from
candidates belonging to the category for which the location is

The eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and procedures would be
described in the advertisement. After scrutiny, a draw of lots would
be held for eligible candidates.

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