Normal life unaffected in Chitradurga, Bellary
The two-day all-India strike called by different trade unions in protest against issues such as price rise, poor implementation of labour laws, disinvestment in public sector undertakings, and increased foreign direct investment in various sectors, evoked poor response in the district on Thursday.
The strike call was given by 11 registered trade unions, including the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh), the All-India Trade Union Congress, the Hind Mazdoor Sabha, the Centre of Indian Trade Unions), and the All-India United Trade Union Congress. Except for schools and colleges, which had declared a two-day holiday, shops and establishments functioned normally and private buses and autorickshaws plied as usual. Banks, however, remained closed.
Members of various trade unions took out a procession.
Bellary Staff Correspondent reports:
Normal life was unaffected in Bellary on Thursday, the second day of the all-India general strike, as representatives of various trade unions and student organisations, under the banner of the Joint Committee of Trade Unions (JCTU), took out a procession, formed a human chain and burnt the effigy of the United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government.
Nationalised and pragathi grameen banks, a couple of Central government offices, and the Life Insurance Corporation of India, did not function. Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation buses resumed operation, and all other business activities, including hotels, cinema houses, shops and other business establishments, schools and colleges functioned normally in the district, according reports reaching here.
R.S. Basavaraj and Satyababu of CITU and Somashekar and D. Nagalakshmi of the All-India United Trade Union Congress were among those who participated