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.
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....more
07:09 PM, Jan 20, 2012