The Mamata Banerjee administration in West Bengal has made it necessary for presidency officers to attend workplace on Thursday to foil the Bharat Bandh referred to as by commerce unions.
The authorities has warned that if any official is absent from workplace, it could be handled as dies non or break in service. This is, nonetheless, not the primary time that the federal government has taken such a stand because the Trinamool Congress-led authorities got here to energy in 2011.
The nationwide strike has been collectively referred to as by numerous central unions protesting towards numerous insurance policies of the federal government. More than 250 million staff from throughout the nation are anticipated to take part in the Bandh.
“The Bengal government has its own views on some of the issues for which the strike has been called. The government is also against the Bandh culture. Hence it has been decided that all government offices will remain open and attendance of employees will be mandatory,” mentioned a high official in the federal government.
The strike started at 6am Thursday. Railway providers in each Howrah and Sealdah divisions have been disrupted as Bandh supporters blocked trains at a number of locations and stations throughout the state. Banana leaves have been hurled on overheard wires to disrupt energy in order that trains couldn’t function. There have been only a few taxis on the pre-paid taxis stands and passengers had to wait to get one.
In some locations, akin to Garia in south Kolkata, there have been stories that protesters hurled bricks at authorities buses, breaking the windshields, in a bid to cease them. In some locations, bus passengers have been compelled to get down by Bandh supporters.
“The bus passengers were never forced. We urged them to get down. This is a people’s Bandh,” mentioned a Bandh supporter, requesting anonymity.
In the morning, Left and Congress supporters took to the streets in Kolkata to again the all-India strike name and blocked arterial roads and busy intersections. There was heavy police deployment to preserve regulation and order. Heated altercations additionally broke out between the police and Bandh supporters.