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)
"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 alloted 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
In addition, physically handicapped, paramilitary/police
and defence personnel, freedom fighters and outstanding sports
persons would also get reservation in each of the three
categories -- SC/ST, OBC and General.
Presently, physically handicapped persons are given 5 per
cent reservation, while paramilitary/police/government
personnel and defence personnel are each allotted 8 per cent
of new petrol pumps. Another 2 per cent reservation is
provided for freedom fighters and outstanding sports persons,
taking the overall reservation to 50 per cent.
The official said petrol pumps would be allocated through
a draw of lots to bring more transparency into the selection
Presently, applicants are ranked on the basis of their
educational qualifications, financial background and other
criteria and there have often been allegations of
discrimination in the marking system.
Under the new system, all applicants meeting eligibility
norms like owing a plot of land would have an equal chance of
being selected in the draw of lots, which would happen in the
presence of all the candidates.
The official said the new guidelines are likely to be
announced after completion of Assembly elections in five
states, including Uttar Pradesh and Punjab.
After identifying the location for setting up a retail
outlet/LPG agency, state-owned Indian Oil Corp, Hindustan
Petroleum and Bharat Petroleum would release an advertisement
in leading newspapers (one English and one Hindi/vernacular)
inviting applications from candidates belonging to the
category for which the location is reserved.
The eligibility criteria, terms and conditions and
procedures would be described in the advertisement. After
scrutiny, a draw of lots would be held for eligible