New Delhi : The Ministry of Petroleum and Natural Gas(MoPNG) on Friday has said that it has thought of launching home-delivery service for petrol and diesel. As such, Oil marketing companies like Indian Oil Corporation, Bharat Petroleum Corporation and Hindustan Petroleum Corporation will soon go the e-commerce.
Petroleum Minister Dharmendra Pradhan presented the idea at a meeting of the consultative committee of members of Parliament in Srinagar on Friday. The Minister has tweeted that it would help consumers avoid spending excessive time and long queues at fuel stations.
According to the plan, consumers can book fuel online, which will be delivered directly to their houses by the oil marketing companies. Sources said, basically the move is aimed at increasing digital transactions in the sector.
As per sources, presently, about 38,128 retail outlets in the country have point-of-sale machines and over 86 per cent have digital infrastructure. After demonetization, oil marketing companies are giving a 0.75 per cent discount on cashless transactions, while over 72,000 e-wallets have also been activated.
Pradhan indicated that daily cashless transactions have increased to Rs 400 crore per day from Rs 150 crore per day in November.
The ministry has also launched MoPNG e-Seva — a dedicated social media grievance redressal platform for oil- and gas-related complaints, besides Swachh Petrol pump app where people can give their feedback on the status of toilets at fuel stations. This comes at a time a section of petrol pump owners were planning to shut down on all Sundays, starting May 14.
Besides Pradhan, the consultative committee included Bhanu Pratap Singh Verma, Chandrakant Bhaurao Khaire, Harinder Singh Khalsa, Janak Ram, Murali Mohan Maganti, Narasimham Thota, Ninong Ering, Satya Pal Singh, Ramdas Chandrabhanji Tadas, Ravindra Babu Pandula, Sona Ram Choudhary, Tamradhwaj Sahu, Tariq Anwar, Vikaram Usendi, Ranjib Biswal and Ravi Prakash Verma.