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Tamil Nadu responds partially to nationwide strike

Chennai, Feb 21 (): Tamil Nadu witnessed a partial response to nationwide two-day strike with all government offices taking part in it.

Transport services remained unaffected on Wednesday. In response to the call of central trade unions, banking operations in Chennai came to a standstill as employees from a number of public sector banks and co-operative banks joined the strike. After the two-day nationwide strike was announced, many banks in the state did not raise the shutters in the morning, responding completely to the strike as entire work force of bank branches remained absent for work.

Consumers and entrepreneurs expressed concern owing to the strike as they were unable to carry out last minute transactions. Some customers also regretted saying that cash in automated teller machines (ATM) was draining out due to the strike.

A total of 21,000 bank employees including top officials of 1,100 bank branches took part in the strike yesterday. Nearly 4 lakh cheques worth over Rs. 2,900 crore could not be processed in the city on Wednesday and is likely to increase on Thursday, said association’s general secretary C.H.Venkatachalam.

Footfalls to the post offices on Thursday remained dull as customers were unsure of the post offices remaining open. Transactions worth Rs.5 crore that was carried out in the city daily in 150 post offices in Chennai were severely hit owing to the strike, said J.Srivenkatesh of National Federation of Postal Employees.

Meanwhile, public transportation remained to be unaffected as several buses operated by Metropolitan Transport Corporation (MTC) and autorickshaws in the city were plying normally. An MTC official was quoted saying that in places where drivers remained absent from work they used reserve drivers in their place not causing much difficulties to the people.

Some of the autorickshaw drivers who represented unions including AITUC, LPF, INTUC and VCK participated in the strike on Wednesday, said CITU Auto and Taxi Drivers Association President S.Appanu. Some drivers who were not members of unions also joined the strike not withstanding the burden of price rise, added Appanu.