The A. P. Pradesh Kerosene Wholesale Dealers’ Federation, representing over 650 dealers, will go on a ‘no purchase-no sale’ campaign from January 1, 2013, protesting against the alleged apathy of successive governments towards their demands.

They want a revision in transportation rates from the oil companies’ point to the wholesalers’ establishment. “Since 2003, the rate has not been revised and we have made a thousand representations, all in vain,” said federation president M.L. Rajam and general secretary P. Keshava Reddy at a press conference here on Thursday.

Mr. Rajam said that starting from a quota of 250 kilolitres per dealer in the past, it was now down to a bare 50 KL. “Our expenses have gone up at least four times, while quota is down to 30 per cent. The transportation rate of Rs. 600 per KL was fixed when the cost of high speed diesel used in tankers was Rs. 15.57 a litre.

Now diesel cost is Rs.51.35 a litre,” he said, adding that kerosene dealers used to have a 40 per cent hike over the rate fixed by oil companies in the past.