The oil and gas company has assured that there is no shortage of domestic LPG cylinders in Northeast for consumers Credit: File Image

Guwahati: In a protest against not being recognised as frontline workers and given COVID-19 vaccine on a priority basis, the North East Indane Distributors Association of Assam has decided to shut shops from next week.

In a release dated May 18, the association said, “Our frontline workers this time are reluctant to get themselves involved in the filled LPG distribution mechanism unless vaccination is being administrated on them on priority basis.”

Stating that other governments in Northeast has recognised LPG distributors as frontline workers and given them COVID-19 vaccines on priority basis, the release said: “We have been continuously requesting state governemnt and our principals Indian Oil, to impress upon the govt machinery to recognise our frontline workers as COVID fighters so that vaccination could be administered on them on priority basis to boost their morale.”

To make their demands heard, the association decided to shut shops from next week, “unless the govt recognised them as front line workers so that their genuine demand is being met with due honor and LPG supply chain is not disturbed at any time…”

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