The all-India general strike called by the Central trade unions evoked mixed response on the second day on Thursday in Kolar district. The strike was total and a bandh was observed in the district on Wednesday.
It continued on the second day though without the same response. Karnataka Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) buses operated as usual. Schools and colleges functioned normally. However, banks and LIC offices did not function as their staff abstained from work. Work in the post offices was also affected.
Work in Bharat Earth Movers Ltd. at Kolar Gold Fields, which was affected on Wednesday, resumed on Thursday. The staff attended duty in their regular shifts.
The loss incurred by the KSRTC Kolar division due to the strike on Wednesday was estimated at Rs. 45 lakh. “All the five depots of KSRTC in the division operated normally on Thursday.
However, the number of passengers was fewer,” Divisional Controller M. Ramesh told The Hindu .
A large number of workers and employees organised under the banner of Joint Action Committee of Trade Unions staged a dharna here.