Banks, government offices, schools remain closed on the second day of the protest

Banking transactions and functioning of the Central government offices were paralysed on the second day of the 48-hour Bharath Bandh in the district on Thursday.

Over 3,000 employees working at about 250 branches of all the nationalised and scheduled banks except the HDFC and the ICICI boycotted the work and participated in the strike.

They gathered in good strength at the SBI main branch near Railway Station and staged dharna.

They also raised slogans against the alleged anti-people, anti-labour and anti-employee policies of the managements.

They said that the employees and workers were forced to go for the nationwide strike for job security, hike in salaries and control of price rise.

The general strike badly impacted the bank customers as transactions worth in hundreds of crores of rupees came to a halt. “No cash boards” were sported at many ATMs turning away the customers without money.

As usual, leaders and activists of the trade unions such as CITU, AITUC, INTUC and TNTUC staged dharna at the Collectorate as part of the strike.

Deserted look in government offices

Nalgonda Correspondent writes: Normal life was affected for the second day on Thursday on account of the general strike called by 11 Central trade unions.

Work in the Central Government offices, banks, insurance firms and Postal Department was hit as the staff stayed away to take part in the agitation.

Two LIC branches in the town wore a deserted look, as only officials were present, without the regular employees.

The trade unions are demanding payment of Rs.10,000 as the minimum wage for the unorganised workers, scrapping of disinvestment in several public sector units and contract/outsourcing employment.

They are also protesting the ‘anti-people policies’ being pursued by the Central and the State governments across the country.

Members of the CITU took out a rally from their office to Clock Tower in support of the strike.

N. Narasimha Reddy, secretary of the district CPI(M), was among the leaders who took part in the rally.

Second-day of bandh total

Sangareddy Staff Reporter writes: The second day of bandh was successful in Medak district on Thursday with banks, post offices and LIC offices remained closed. Protest rallies were held across the district. At Sangareddy, a protest rally was held by CITU followed by Collectorate Muttadi programme.

They have raised slogans demanding lifting of ceiling on PF, gratuity and bonus, imposing ceiling on profits being earned by the investors and paying a minimum wage of Rs.10,000 per month for workers.

CITU Medak industrial committee president B.Mallesham said that the two-day bandh was successful and majority of industries remained closed for during the strike.

Police took CITU leaders Ch. Ramulu, B. Mallesh and others into custody for holding dharna and later released them.