Staff Reporter

KOLKATA: Even as news came in of the withdrawal of the nationwide called by the Oil Sector Officers Association, the West Bengal government decided to “ration” the limited stocks of fuel until normality is restored. Seventy per cent of pumps have turned dry since the strike began on January 7.

The rationing is aimed at “fair distribution” to customers of various categories.

Chief Secretary Ashok Mohan Chakraborty on Friday asked petrol pump owners to sell limited quantity to customers until the situation returned to normal.

Supply for emergency services like ambulance, the fire service, police and public transport would, however, be unhindered.

Twice during the day, the Chief Secretary held meetings with representatives of oil companies and members of the West Bengal Petrol Dealers Association (WBPDA).