New Delhi, Jul 21: In a significant policy change, the government has decided to reserve 27 per cent of new petrol pumps for persons belonging to the Other Backward Classes (OBCs).
At present, 25 per cent of the sites for new petrol pumps are reserved for Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST) persons.
As per the new guidelines approved by the Oil Ministry, the quota for SCs/STs would be reduced to 22.5 per cent, while 27 per cent of new outlets would be reserved for OBCs.
The remaining 50 per cent of the pumps and dealerships would be allotted to open or general category candidates, the order issued yesterday said, adding that 33 per cent of the locations in each category are reserved for women belonging to that category.
Also, petrol pumps, which till now were allotted on the basis of personal interviews, would henceforth be given through draw of lottery.
In addition, physically handicapped, paramilitary/police and defence personnel, freedom fighters and outstanding sports persons would also get a reservation in each of the three categories -- SC/ST, OBC and General.
"The selection process of retail outlet (RO) i.e. petrol pump dealership has been revised. The major changes proposed pertain to application of the reservation policy as per constitutional provisions," an official statement said.
"It has now been decided to give 27 per cent reservation to OBC candidates in allotment of RO dealership," it said.
Also, to improve transparency and remove discretion in the selection process, the allotment of RO dealership will henceforth be made by draw of lots.
"These changes are expected to make the RO allotment in tune with our social objectives and higher standards of transparency," the statement added.