Team of more than 360 officials comprising members from GST, GPCB, police and civil supply departments begin search and strike operations on 60 biodiesel manufacturing companies across Gujarat
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According to a highly-placed SGST official, “Of the 60 companies that are under strike, the majority of them are in Saurashtra and
Regarding the details of these companies, the official said, “Since the search is on, we can’t disclose the names of the companies. However, four companies are in Ahmedabad, two in Gandhinagar and four are in Mehsana district.”
Selling spurious biodiesel is illegal and in spite of the association raising the issue multiple times with the oil companies, no action has been taken
Arvind Thakkar, president, FGPDA
The SGST department has made 60 teams for the search and strike on these biodiesel manufacturing companies. Each team has six to eight team members comprising two members each from GST, GPCB, police and civil supply departments.
The operation is likely to continue for a week after which the SGST department will submit its report.
Association (FGPDA) had protested against the alleged inaction of oil companies over the illegal sale of spurious biodiesel.
Thakkar added, “We are glad that the GST department has acted upon our request. We hope justice is done to the petroleum dealers and even vehicle owners.”
The search teams will explore multiple angles – if the biodiesel is sold legally, with bill or in the black market. The biodiesel will also be checked and if it is suspect it will be sent for a quality check.