Preparations are on for the 53rd State School Art Festival to be held here from Monday. Although there were uncertainties about the festival in view of the ongoing strike by a section of government employees and teachers, organisers said they had made alternative arrangements for the smooth conduct of the week-long festival.

On Friday, the fourth day of the strike, 69.8 per cent employees reported for work. District Collector M.C. Mohandas said 24 per cent employees had kept away from duty as part of the strike, while 6.2 per cent were on leave. The striking employees took out demonstrations at several places.