The meeting failed after student leaders could not agree on the justification furnished by the state-owned oil monopolist for hiking the price of petroleum products. The meeting held at NOC office in Babarmahal ended after NOC acting executive director Suresh Agrawal said that the demands of agitating students would be forwarded to the ‘upper level’.
The students put forth only one demand that the prices of petroleum products should be reduced. The NOC has been facing pressure to hike the price of petroleum products as the loss is mounting due to rise in the price of petroleum products.
A student leader present at the meeting said the strike will continue as the NOC refused to revoke its fuel price hike decision. In a public notice, the NOC said its serious attention has been drawn towards the agitation of the students. The NOC had increased Rs 5 per liter of petrol, Rs 3 per liter of kerosene and diesel and Rs 7 per liter of domestic aircraft fuel on September 10.
The agitating students called for shutdown of all private petrol pumps across the country for three days from Sunday, demanding for the recent hike in prices of petroleum products.
Various student organisations including Nepali Congress aligned, Nepal Students Union, CPN-UML aligned All Nepal National Free Students’ Union, UCPN (Maoist) aligned All Nepal National Independent Students’ Union-Revolutionary, and student wing of the CPN-Maoist jointly called for three-day closure of petrol stations from today.
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