Hardship continues for commuters in 2nd day of bandh
Bhubaneswar: The two-day long Bharat Bandh call given by 11 trade unions, which entered second day today, continues to paralyse normal life.Transport and banking services have also been affected in many parts of the state.
Many commuters were seen stranded near the bus stop and the railway stations as both the services were disrupted for the Bandh.
“I am waiting for a bus to go Jagatsinghpur since morning. But no vehicles are plying today as they ( bus owner association) supported the bandh. So, I am just thinking how to reach my destination”, a commuter at BadamBadi bus stand in Cuttack said.
Echoing similar sentiments, another passenger waiting to board bus for Angul said “ I have to request some body for lift as there is no sign of resuming bus service today”.
A little violence has also been reported at some places. At least 30 protesters were arrested in the morning in alleged violation of law. The strikers are reported to have vandalized public properties during observance of bandh. Police had also detained some demonstrators in Cuttack yesterday and in some other places.
The trade unions says that the strike has been called against the anti-people and anti-workers policies of the government. The unions have also sought an increase in their salaries, pointing out that inflation has been rising at an alarming rate.
Nine bank unions are also supporting the strike. The trade unions are protesting against the “anti-people” policies of the UPA government including price rise of various essential commodities, poor implementation of labour laws and disinvestment in PSUs/increased FDI in various sectors.