With the State Government not declaring a holiday on Thursday in view of the Bharat Bandh, all State and Central government offices are likely to be open as usual. The bandh was called by Opposition parties against the Centre’s decision to allow FDI in the retail sector and the recent diesel price hike.
However, attendance of staff members might depend on availability of transport. An MTC official said that more than half the bus fleet is expected to run but might be pulled back in case of a disruption. Sources said that sections of transport workers loyal to DMK and Left parties may not work. It is expected that most autos may not ply as the All India Trade Union Congress has considerable support among auto drivers.
The financial sector is likely to suffer as bank and insurance staff in the public sector respond actively to national-level strikes.
The State police have made elaborate security arrangements ahead of the general strike.
In Chennai, Commissioner of Police S. George reviewed security arrangements with senior police officers. “We will not allow any group to force closure of shops. Police will prevent any attempt to take out processions or cause disruption to road traffic. Steps have been taken to maintain essential services and safety of public transport, particularly school buses,” he said.