Staff Reporter

Association leader says they will allow banks to sell forms for entrance examinations.

BERHAMPUR: Taking cue from the agitating lawyers of western Orissa, the members of the Ganjam bar association decided to hold economic blockade in the city from March 29 to March 31.

This was decided at a meeting of the bar association on Monday evening to put pressure on the State Government for the establishment of a permanent bench of the High Court in Berhampur. The lawyers of the Ganjam bar association have been continuing with their cease-work agitation in support of this demand for more than 110 days.

It may be noted that the lawyers of western Orissa started week-long economic blockade in Western Orissa on Monday with the demand.

At the meeting of the Ganjam bar association chaired by its president, S.N.Rath the lawyers resolved to show their strength of support through this move to go for economic blockade.

Cease-work

They decided not to let any financial activity continue in banks and government offices in the city during the three days. But they have decided to allow the local tehsil office, special treasury to continue in their activities to provide chalans and documents for the filling forms for entrance examinations by students.

Secretary of the bar association Mohan Singari said they would also allow banks to sell forms for joint entrance examinations. But the banks may not be allowed to take up other financial transactions.

Lawyers would also picket income tax and commercial tax offices during this period. He added that the lawyers would not hamper any developmental activity. The lawyers also resolved to continue their cease-work agitation till their demand was fulfilled.

But the lawyers also requested the State bar council to hold by-election for the Ganjam bar. It may be noted that the lawyers of Ganjam bar had boycotted the election to the State bar council, which was held on March 15.