As Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee has made it clear that there will be no strike in West Bengal, her government has taken several steps to guarantee normality in the State during the two-day strike called in the country by 11 Central trade unions which begins on Wednesday.

A State Government circular has said no leave will be granted to its employees during the strike, and if they aren’t present in office it will be treated as dies non with no salary admissible if they don’t give a suitable reason and produce proper documents for refraining from turning up for duty. Markets under the city civic body have been instructed to remain open.

The Chief Minister reportedly told a meeting where traders’ representatives were among the people present at the State Secretariat here on Tuesday that owners who keep their shops closed, inside these markets or outside, will face administrative action even as she assured them of compensation if their establishments were damaged in arson by strike activists.

The steps taken by the State Government to thwart the strike have invited criticism from trade union leaders and the Left parties.

Surya Kanta Mishra, Leader of the Opposition in the State Assembly, accused the Government of trying to take away from the people the right to peaceful protest, while trade union activists have described such moves as anti-Constitutional.

Shyamal Chakraborty, president of the State unit of the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) said the government was issuing “false threats” to intimidate employees and people so that they don’t participate in the strike.

Private transport operators have been asked to make sure that services are normal on days of the strike and have been assured that four government-owned insurance companies will provide compensation for any damage caused to their vehicles.

Ms. Banerjee, while addressing a public function at Amtala in South 24 Parganas district on Monday, had requested party workers to avoid confrontation with pro-strike activists and leave it to the administration to handle any untoward incident that might occur.

That the Administration has braced itself for the two-day strike was evident during the day with police personnel moving around in districts using microphones to remind the people of the Calcutta High Court directive that forcible disruption of normal life is against the law.

The State Government had instructed the district administrations to give wide publicity to the court’s directive.


  • Steps taken by the Government to thwart the strike have invited criticism from trade union leaders and the Left parties

  • No leave will be granted to its employees, and if they aren’t present, it will be treated as dies non with no salary admissible