Central government offices in the city and across the State remained deserted with the employees participating in the first day of the two-day strike called by the Confederation of Central Government Employees and Workers on Wednesday.
M. Duraipandian, General Secretary of the Confederation, Tamil Nadu said nearly 40,000 employees in the city and 1.5 lakh employees across the State took part in the strike and abstained from office.
In the Postal department alone more than 30,000 employees across the State took part, he added.
Accountant General’s office, Income Tax office, Postal Accounts, Civil Accounts, Government Medical Stores and Central Government Health Scheme employees, Inspectors from Central Excise and Customs besides ministerial staff in both the departments also joined the strike. These were some of the departments where the members of publichave direct interaction and it affected their routine. Workers in the Atomic Energy premises in Kalpakkam also took part , he said.
Rajaji Bhavan in Besant Nagar, where about 40 Central Government departments, including enforcing agencies such as Central Industrial Security Force and a wing of the Central Bureau of Investigation are functioning, wore a deserted look.
A. Balasundaram, Secretary, Rajaji Bhavan Central Government Employees Coordination Committee said in Rajaji Bhavan alone nearly 1,000 employees including officers were having their offices. Most of the employees did not turn up for work here. The strike was total in this premises, he added.