The hike in price of petrol and diesel has left not only the buyers but the sellers too, disgruntled. While most grumble and do nothing about it, fuel pumps in Madhya Pradesh, a state which has the highest VAT (Value-Added Tax) on petroleum products, have decided to curb their loss and stay in business by offering freebies to people who buy petrol and diesel.Also Read - From TV to Mobile Phones, Locals in Bhopal Villages Get Rewards For Ensuring Cleanliness at Their Homes & Surroundings
Due to the huge price difference, truckers and commercial vehicles that pass through Madhya Pradesh opt to refuel at pumps across the border, and they are not the only ones, as even the locals have opted to refuel at pumps located out of the state. Also Read - Bajrang Dal Activists Vandalise Sets of 'Ashram 3' in Bhopal, Throw Ink at Director Prakash Jha
So with business going down, pump owners in MP came up with the unique idea to offer freebies to anyone buying petrol or diesel from their pump stations. The freebies that they are offering include an automatic washing machine, air conditioner, laptop or a bike. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission: After Centre, These States Have Also Increased Dearness Allowance of Their Employees | Full List Here
The Times of India spoke to a pump owner, who revealed what items are up for grabs and on what basis they will be given.
“For purchase of 100 litres of diesel, a truck driver will get breakfast and tea for free,” TOI quoted Anuj Khandelwal, a pump owner, as saying.
“We are offering a mobile, a bicycle, or a wrist watch for 5,000 litres, for 15,000 litres an almirah, a sofa set or a 100gm silver coin. On purchase of 25,000 litres of diesel customers can get an automatic washing machine, for 50,000 litres a split AC or a laptop and for one lakh litres we have offered a scooter or motorcycle,” he stated.
The offer seems to be working for the pump owners as sales have picked up a bit with drivers purchasing 100 litres of petrol to avail the discount.
Another pump owner, Manoj Arora, told TOI that more than 125 fuel station owners in border districts of MP are struggling due to the huge price difference, which can be by as much as Rs 5 per litre for diesel.
Pump owners are demanding that the government reduce the tax which is currently at 27 per cent for petrol and 22 per cent for diesel.