Gulbarga,Yadgir- Mixed, Bidar-Lukewarm,Bellary Raichur Koppal-Good response. Overall Good to Mixed Response for Bandh in Hyderabad Karnataka
Mixed response in bandh call in Gulbarga district
The nationwide bandh called by the central trade unions demanding higher minimum wages, social security for the unorganised sector and creation of more job opportunities received mixed response in Gulbarga district.
Although life remained affected partially due to withdrawal of both mofussil and city bus services by the State road transport corporation and closure of vegetable, flower and fruit markets and shops downing their shutters in commercial areas, the bandh had no impact on other modes of transport, including autorickshaws and cycle rickshaws in the city.
Almost all schools and colleges functioned normally though with thin attendance of students due to the absence of bus services. Most banks also did not function in the city due to the staff joining the strike.
In a strike-related incident, a construction labourer Basavaraj Guttedar, affiliated to the Construction Labourers Union of the CITU, suffered 15 per cent burns accidentally after setting on fire tyres in support of the bandh call near the Super Market area.
Senior trade union leaders, including Maruti Manpade, president of the Karnataka Pranta Raitha Sangha, who was present at the spot, saved the situation for Basavaraj Guttedar by putting out the fire and shifting him to the Government General Hospital immediately. The condition of Basavaraj Guttedar, who suffered burns in the face, hands and a few spots on the body, was stated to be out of danger.
There were no reports of any untoward incident in the district and the dawn-to-dusk bandh passed off peacefully. There were also no reports of intimidation or forcible closure of shops by supporters of the bandh. The police had made elaborate security arrangements to prevent any untoward incident during the bandh.
Reports reaching the district headquarters said that the response to the bandh call in the taluk headquarters and major towns in the district was lukewarm. Workers affiliated to different trade unions took out a procession in support of the bandh in Kalaburagi city raising slogans against the Union government for what they said its insensitivity to the genuine demands raised by the workers, particularly those in the unorganised sector.
Lukewarm response in Bidar
The bandh call received a lukewarm response in Bidar on Friday. Most banks and government insurance company offices remained closed. A few private shops and offices did not function. Government offices, schools and colleges remained open. A few private schools and colleges had declared a holiday. Petrol bunks and cinemas did usual business.
Running of buses was slightly affected with city buses missing some routes in the morning. However, bus services resumed after an hour. Autorickshaws operated in the city, though some people were put to inconvenience as they were not covering all areas in the city.
Members of the joint committee of labour unions, Akshara Dasoha workers and LIC employees association took out protest marches. They shouted slogans against what they called the Union government’s anti-labour policies.
Yadgir : Shops shut down business butschools, colleges function
The nationwide strike received mixed response in Yadgir district on Friday. Shops, business establishments, hotels and commercial trades shut down operations for the day. However, schools and colleges run by the Education Department and private institutions functioned as usual. According to sources, a few nationalised banks supported the strike, while others functioned as usual.
Services of State-run transport that were suspended till 2.30 p.m., resumed thereafter. There was no impact on the services of private vehicles and autorickshaws and passengers arriving by trains reached their destinations by autorickshaws without any trouble.
Workers of labour unions and activists of AIUTUC, CITU, JCTU, AIAWU and other organisations and also workers of anganwadis participated in a procession taken out from the Central Bus Stand to the Deputy Commissioner’s office. They condemned what they called the Union government’s anti-labour policy. They urged the governments to fulfil their long-pending demands immediately. Later, they submitted a memorandum to the authorities. There were no untoward incidents, Superintendent of Police Vinayaka Patil told The Hindu.
Good response in Raichur
The bandh called by the Labour unions against the Union government’s anti-labour policy and demanding higher wages received good response in Raichur city. However, it was lukewarm in the other taluk headquarters. Traders, shoppers, hotels and other business establishments downed their shutters and supported the strike.
North East Karnataka Road Transport Corporation suspended bus services in the city limits and rural areas since morning but resumed operations later. Schools and colleges run by the government functioned as usual.
Life affected in Ballari, Koppal districts
Life was disrupted in Ballari and Koppal districts as the nationwide general strike called by the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU) to protest against the alleged anti-labour and anti-people policies being pursued by the National Democratic Alliance government evoked a good response on Friday. Trade unions, such as the Centre for Indian Trade Unions, All-India Trade Union Congress, All-India United Trade Union Centre and others took out processions.
Barring a stray incident of a private bus being stoned near Avambhavi in Ballari city, the strike passed off peacefully in both the districts. Long-distance passengers had to bear the brunt as buses operated by the State Road Transport Corporations and private buses were off the road. Though autorickshaws were seen plying, their number was less.
In Ballari city, the JCTU had given a bandh call. All shops and business establishments, including hotels, restaurants, and cinemas, remained closed. A holiday was declared for educational institutions. Government offices functioned with thin attendance. Banks did not make any transaction as its staff abstained from work.
In Hosapete too, the response to the strike was good. Tourists, especially foreigners, had to suffer without proper conveyance to reach Hampi. The trade union activists, who took out a procession, were also seen forcing some of the shops and petrol outlets to down their shutters. The response was good in Koppal and Gangavati too. Life in moffusil areas was by and large normal, except for the fact that the buses remained off the road.
Courtesy THE HINDU DAILY