Bhubaneswar: Normal life was thrown out of gear in several parts of Odisha on the second day of 48-hour nationwide strike called by ten central trade unions in protest against the government’s alleged anti-worker policies and unilateral labour reforms..
The impact of bandh has been witnessed fully in Rourkela and Berhampur, while in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar, it has partial impact. Vehicular communication was affected in Balasore, Rourkela and Rourkela. Buses have remained off the road in Cuttack and Bhubaneswar. In Rourkela, activists are picketing Rourkela Steel Plant (RSP) and Bisra square. They also blocked the NH.
The protesters also staged rail roko in Balasore, Bhubaneswar, Berhampur, disrupting the rail traffic. While Garib Rath was halted at Bhubaneswar railway station, Puri-Howrah passenger was stopped by agitators in Balasore. Palasa-Bhubaneswar passenger was also stopped by protesters at Berhampur railway station.
Educational institutions have remained shut in some places. the State government yesterday asked the Collectors to decide on closure of schools and colleges in view of situation in their respective districts.
As many as 10 CTUs with at least 20 crore workers affiliated to them have joined the strike. Banking services have been also affected as a section of PSU bank employees extended support to bandh.