Delhi: 'I had to pay Rs 180 for an autorickshaw ride'
School children and office-goers suffered the most as most auto-rickshaw and taxi drivers either refused or overcharged them.
The Delhi Metro saw heavy passenger rush during the peak hours in the morning and evening.
"I had to pay Rs 180 for a autorickshaw ride from Moti Bag to Central Secretariat. The fare for the stretch in a normal day is around Rs 80," said Ajeet Singh, a government official.
The Delhi government, however, claimed that the strike did not have any impact on the transport sector. Transport Minister Ramakant Goswami said commuters did not face any inconvenience as enough buses were pressed into service.
"In total, around 8,000 buses were on the roads to ferry passengers," Goswami said.
The government put "all sorts" of pressure so that they do not go on strike, a section of the DTC employees claimed.
Though police said no violence was reported during the strike, a minor clash erupted in New Delhi Railway stations between two trade union members and police intervened to disperse them.
"I had to stand in the queue at INA Metro station for around 45 minutes as most people decided to take the Metro following the strike. By the time I reached office, I was late by an hour," Shikha
Tiwari, who works at an airline company at Connaught Place, said.
Uttar Pradesh: Workers Indulge in Loot in Noida
Workers went on a rampage in Noida Phase 2 area and damaged industrial properties. The employees damaged several vehicles including a fire engine and police jeep this morning, ADG Law and Order Arun Kumar said here.
A trade union leader died after being hit by a bus in Ambala, Haryana when he
was trying to stop it from plying, sparking tension in the district where
authorities have imposed prohibitory orders.
55-year-old Narendra Singh, who was squatting along with a group of workers near
the local bus depot, died when he was hit by the bus, a senior Roadways official
Ambala Deputy Commissioner Shekhar Vidyarthi said initial official
investigations have revealed that the death was a "case of accident".
However, on the demand of the Roadways employees, the incident would be
thoroughly investigated and necessary action would be taken, Vidyarthi said.
In the evening, 12 persons including two scribes were injured during a lathi
charge by the police in Ambala to disperse the protesting Roadways employees
from blocking the natioinal highway.
"Majority of buses from Punjab, Haryana and Himachal Pradesh on inter-state
routes did not ply in the wake of strike call," said a senior official of
Chandigarh Transport Undertaking here today.
Private bus and taxi operators had a field day because of non-plying of public
transport buses as they charged "heavily" from hapless commuters for
transportation services, reports suggested.
"Employees of all public sector banks as well as old private banks will
observe strike and banking transactions will be impacted," said Naresh
Gaur, Secretary, Punjab Bank Employees Federation.
Due to the strike, cheques worth several crore of rupees remained uncleared in
all the public sector banks and forex transactions could not be carried out,
said a bank employee.
"Because of public sector banks remaining non-operational, our forex
transactions and opening of Letter of Credit (LC) were disturbed," Trident
Textile, MD, P K Markande said.
About 2,000 contractual labourers and Safai Karamcharis observed strike while
PGI authorities claimed that they had asked its permanent staff to perform
duties of striking workers in order to prevent any disruption in medical
Reports pouring in from various parts of the region including Ludhiana,
Hoshiarpur, Ropar, Amritsar, Jalandhar, Ambala indicated members of trade unions
carried out protest march and blocked traffic to display their anger against
alleged anti-employee policies of Centre.
Meanwhile, a statement issued by CITU Punjab General Secretary Raghunath Singh
claimed receiving massive response from industrial workers and employees of
center and state government departments.
Employees of various PSU banks and workers in the unorganised sector took out protest rallies in Hyderabad and many other parts of the state.
AITUC state unit president and MLC P J Chandrasekhar Rao claimed that the strike was held in an unprecedented manner with staff of state-run miner Singareni Collieries, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation
(APSRTC) also joining the agitation.
He claimed 75 per cent of APSRTC buses, the principal mode of public transport in Andhra Pradesh, remained off the roads.
Thousands of protesters were taken into custody by the police and released in the evening, he claimed.
A bank employees' union representative claimed that employees of various banks, including cooperative, rural and even some private banks, participated in the strike, leading to paralysing the banking activities in the state.
Shops, markets, schools, colleges and government offices were open. Vehicles also plied normally in the roads, official sources said.
Leaders of the striking unions forced the employees and the labour force from entering offices of
LIC, banks, collieries and other mineral areas across the state, affecting routine business, according to police sources.
Loading and unloading of minerals were also affected following roads blockades at several places, they said.
Train services were affected for an hour when CPI (M)-Liberation activists squatted on tracks at Hazaribagh Road, Tori and
Koderma, the Divisional Commander ( Railway Protection Force) Shashi Kumar told PTI.
"FIR has been lodged against 17 known persons and more than 30 unknown persons under various sections for disrupting train services for about an hour," he added.
Assistant Commercial Manager (Ranchi Rail Division) Arjun Majumdar said, "No train was affected in the areas under Ranchi Division."
CITU's Jharkhand Chapter General Secretary D D Ramanandan claimed that loading, unloading and production of coal badly affected in all the collieries under the CCL and the BCCL as the employees joined the strike.
Federation of Jharkhand Chambers and Industries member Manoj Naredi estimated, "The industry and disruption of banking service resulted in a loss of approximately Rs 200 crore due to the strike."
A joint statement by the unions said the strike was "completely successful" and made an environment against the union government's
Police said no untoward incident took place in the state during the strike.
Assam: Shops, Banking, Transport Services Hit
Normal life was affected in different parts of Assam. While buses operated by private owners kept off the roads across the state, city buses began to ply as the day progressed along with the state-run buses.
Shops were closed in most areas, official sources said. Banks also remained closed with employees keeping away from their work place.
Madhya Pradesh: 'Over 1 crore empolyees supporting strike'
Banking, Insurance and other commercial activities in Madhya Pradesh were largely affected.
"As per our reports over one crore employees and workers belonging to organised and unorganised sectors are taking part in the two-day-long strike affecting banking, insurance, postal and other commercial activities," Trade Union Joint Front spokesman, Pushan Bhattacharya told
Nagaland: Shops, Markets Remain Open
Normal life remained unaffected in Nagaland but banking services across the state were severely affected.While nationalised banks and insurance corporation employees joined the strike, shops and markets were open and vehicles were plying normally on the roads, official sources said.
Jammu: Strike Evokes Little Response
The nationwide strike evoked little response in Jammu with vehicular traffic plying normally and shops and business establishment performing routine business.
However, all nationalised banks except state-owned Jammu and Kashmir Bank remained closed amid protests by the several bank associations.
Dehradun: Buses Off the Roads
Normal life was partially affected across Uttarakhand.
Roadways buses remained off the roads and bank branches were closed in support of the bandh call. With banks closed, unusual rush of people was seen at ATMs in the city.
Goa: Over 2,000 Workers Take Out Protest March
The situation remained normal in Goa even as industries were partially hit and nationalised banks remained closed as a part of two-day long nationwide strike call given by labour unions.
Over 2,000 workers took out a march today on the streets of Panaji, peacefully in support of the Central Trade Unions' various demands.
The nationalised banks remained closed while private banks did not pull down their shutters.
Puducherry: Almost Total Absence of Workers in Industrial Units
Banking services and industry were hit hard in Puducherry in response to the nationwide two day strike.
Industrial units were hit with almost total absence of the workers, a spokesman of the organizing committee of the trade unions said.
Schools functioned normally and autorickshwas plied as usual. Inter state and intra state buses operated normal services.
Himachal Pradesh: Shops, Markets, Banks Closed
Life was partially affected in Himachal Pradesh with the situation remaining peaceful.
Shops, markets and commercial establishments were closed across the state, while buses, autos and taxis were plying as usual.
Banking operations remained paralysed in the state.
I went out yesterday and found traffic on the roads as heavy as ever. I did see a few shops with shutters down.
With declining memberships of trade and labour unions, their significance in the new world order is waning slowly and steadily. Communism is all but over if it can't make yuppies change into proletariats.