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The strike affects normal life in Kerala, West Bengal; affected banking operations | India News


NEW DELHI: A nationwide strike by unions protesting the economic policies of the BJP-led Center hit normal life in Kerala, parts of West Bengal, Assam and Telangana on Thursday, as public transport went off the road and the banking services were discontinued.
All government offices and major commercial establishments remained closed in Kerala, ruled by the left, where public transport also went off the road.
West Bengal witnessed sporadic clashes in various parts when left-wing unions held demonstrations, disrupting vehicle movement and forcing shopkeepers to close the blinds.
The strike also partially affected normal life in Odisha, Puducherry, Assam and Telangana.
With banking syndicates joining the uproar, banking operations in Kerala, West Bengal and the northeastern states were affected. Operations such as cash deposits and check withdrawals and settlement were affected.
In other parts of the country, the strike had little effect, but reports suggested that several bank branches witnessed limited impact.
Banking unions claimed that on the compensation grids, around 20 lakh checks worth approximately Rs 18 billion could not be sent for approval due to the strike.
Even ATMs in some parts of the country went dry.
However, the country’s largest lender, the State Bank of India (SBI), and the private sector banks were functioning.
In Tamil Nadu, banks were closed in 16 districts due to the government declaring a holiday due to Cyclone Nivar, while in Maharashtra, 30,000 bank employees joined the strike and demonstrated outside their respective branches.
The one-day national strike has been called by a joint platform of ten central unions to protest against the central government’s new agricultural and labor laws, among other worker-related issues, as well as to raise various demands.
Several independent federations and associations are also part of the joint platform.
“The states of Kerala, Puducherry, Odisha, Assam and Telangana have reported a complete shutdown. Tamil Nadu reported a total shutdown in 13 districts, while the industrial strike continues in the rest of the districts. Punjab and Haryana have reported that state highway transport buses have not left their depots in the morning, “said a joint statement issued by the unions.
Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh reported 100 percent strike, including at BALCO, according to the statement.
Normal life was disrupted in West Bengal and Tripura, and sporadic incidents of fighting were reported in West Bengal, according to reports.
National Congress of Indian Trade Unions (INTUC), All India Congress of Trade Unions (AITUC), Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS), Center for Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Unions Center (AIUTUC) , The Trade Union Coordination Center (TUCC) and the Association of Autonomous Women (SEWA) are part of the joint platform.
Others are the All India Central Council of Trade Unions (AICCTU), the Progressive Federation of Labor (LPF) and the United Congress of Trade Unions (UTUC).
Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS), aligned with the BJP, did not participate in the strike.
Hind Mazdoor Sabha (HMS) Secretary General Harbhajan Singh Sidhu told PTI that the number of workers who joined the national unrest on Thursday exceeded the expected number of 25 million rupees.
He also said that coal mine workers along with those in defense, railways and other public sectors have also supported the strike.
Scheme workers, electricity employees, domestic workers, construction workers, beedi workers, street vendors, vendors, agricultural workers, the self-employed in rural and urban areas of India are leading hold demonstrations in various locations, including in defiance of police restrictions, according to the statement.
In many places, car and taxi drivers stayed off the road. Railroad and defense employees held demonstrations in support of the strike at their respective workplaces.
According to the statement, the operations of financial institutions such as banks and insurance companies were also affected.
In addition to state and central government employees, those from the Income Tax Department and other PSU workers are heavily involved in the strike, the unions said.
“There were reports of a successful strike at the coal and copper mines, including other mineral resource mines. Employees in the postal, telecommunications and steel sectors were also in action and Gramin dak sevaks observed a 100 percent strike.” the statement said.
In several places, unions in the oil sector also observed the strike. Workers also picketed in some parts of the country.
Furthermore, the statement says that the total number of workers who have joined the strike by more than 25 million rupees exceeds the number who participated in a similar strike on January 8. PTI KKS
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