An honour for their dedicated service

Staff Reporter

BANGALORE: Remember the chaos that prevailed at fuel pumps across the city and the State when the officers of public sector oil companies went on strike recently?

You could be one of those fortunate to fill your tank at a Hindustan Petroleum Corporation Ltd., (HPCL) outlet during that time. Since officers of HPCL refrained from going on strike, the city and the State kept moving, albeit slowly.

And this was possible only with the active participation of fuel dispensing staff, known as pump boys. HPCL pumps, which used to cater to about 25 per cent of fuel needs of the city, suddenly came under pressure to meet the increased demand after outlets of other companies went dry.

To show that the boys have not done a thankless job and to appreciate their dedicated service, HPCL conceived of rewarding them.

In active participation with its dealers across the country, the company decided to pay Rs. 1,000 each to every pump boy.

The company and the respective dealer equally contributed money towards this gesture, said Sanjay Malhotra, Chief Regional Manager (Retail), HPCL, Bangalore.

According to Karnataka Petroleum Dealers’ Association president Bhushan Narang, nearly 4,000 pump boys working in over 300 HPCL pumps across the State will get this reward.

Distribution of the reward began at M/s Sai Service Centre, Kasturba Road, in the city recently, wherein Mr. Malhotra and Mr. Narang were present.

The reward is being given to all pump boys across the State, Mr. Narang said.

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