Strike affects normal life in Telangana

Special Correspondent
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Banking sector, petrol bunks badly hit due to the two-day strike called by 11 national trade unions

Trade union members taking out a rally as part of the nationwide strike, in Karimnagar on Wednesday.— Photo: T Ajaypal Singh
Trade union members taking out a rally as part of the nationwide strike, in Karimnagar on Wednesday.— Photo: T Ajaypal Singh

Normal life was derailed due to the bandh call given by the trade unions across the district. The banks, petrol bunks and many shops and establishments remained closed for the day.

The trade unions have given a call for the two-day nationwide strike in protest against the anti-people policies of the UPA government and its inability to check price rise, non-implementation of labour laws, disinvestment in public sector undertakings and allowing foreign direct investment in various sectors.

The autorickshaws were off the road causing much inconvenience to the general public. Those alighting at the railway stations and bus stations had difficulty reaching their destinations.

Many thoroughfares wore a deserted look with the public transport badly hit forcing the people to remain indoors.

Hundreds and thousands of people joined the massive rally taken out in Hanamkonda town under the aegis of CITU. They raised slogans against the Central Government and accused it of adopting anti-worker and anti-people policies.

Employees of various banks staged demonstrations at their respective branch offices demanding withdrawal of proposals to privatise the banking and insurance sectors in the country. Demonstrations were held at Andhra Bank zonal office, APGVB head office in Hanamkonda and at branches across the district too.

Deserted look

Staff Reporter writes from Adilabad: The two-day general strike in Adilabad district began with coal production in the Singareni mines being hit heavily.

While the production loss was put at about 46,000 tonnes of coal.

All the trade unions in the coal mines participated in the strike which resulted in the underground and open cast coal mines wearing a deserted look. Only 10 per cent of the miners are reported to have attended duties in the Srirampur mines.

Banking, insurance and postal services were also hit badly. Trade unions in the AP Transco and transport departments also took part in the strike. A huge rally was organised in Adilabad town in the morning to show the unity among trade unions and the unorganised sector workers over the demands put forth by them. AITUC and CITU leaders S. Vilas, M. Sai Babu and D. Mallesh participated in the rally.

Work in 300 bank branches hit

The nationwide general strike on the first day on Wednesday was peaceful in the district.

All nationalised and scheduled banks remained closed . The union leaders besides the other trade union leaders addressed the gathering. Banking transactions came to a halt at over 300 bank branches of different banks in the district.

Workers and employees of both unorganised and organised sectors took out an impressive rally from the Rajiv Gandhi auditorium to the Collectorate. A sizable number of women, including beedi workers, holding the red flags participated in rally.

The public transport, however, was not affected as the RTC trade unions and autorickshaw unions stayed away from the strike.

Production at Singareni

Coal production came to a grinding halt in the Singareni Collieries Company Limited (SCCL) in the Ramagundam coal belt region following the strike. There was no production of coal at all the nine underground mines and four open cast projects (OCP) in the Ramagundam region on Wednesday.


The employees of NTPC Ramagundam attended to their duties by wearing black badges. Some trade union leaders staged a dharna in front of the NTPC Ramagundam demanding solution to their problems.

1.5 lakh participate

Workers and trade unions responded positively to the two-day bandh call here on Wednesday. All the banks and insurance offices remained closed. Some buses also did not ply on the roads as workers of different trade unions participated in the strike.

The three industrial areas in the district – Pashamylaram, Jinnaram and Khajipally - were almost deserted with large number of workers abstaining from duties. Rallies were held from Pothireddypally Chowrasta to IB by CITU, AITUC and BMS.

According to CITU leader B. Mallesh, about 1.5 lakh workers working in different industries participated in the first day of bandh with more than 900 industries remaining closed.

Transport takes a hit

Work in Central Government offices, banks, insurance firms and postal Department was affected on Wednesday due to the two-day general strike. Movement of heavy transport vehicles was also hit, as transporters too joined the agitation.Members of the AITUC, CITU and INTUC took out rallies from their respective offices to Clock Tower in support of the strike.

  • Strike has been called to protest the anti-people policies of UPA government and price rise

  • Rallies were taken out in various towns by trade unions in support of the strike

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