New Delhi: Transportation system, including the bus and railway services, was on Wednesday severely affected in various parts of the country as trade unions called for the nationwide ‘Bharat Bandh’. The states which were worst affected by the general strike were West Bengal, Odisha, Maharashtra, Goa and Kerala. Also Read - 10 Central Trade Unions Call For Nationwide Strike on Wednesday, Bank Services to be Affected

Organised to protest against ‘anti-worker policies of the Central government, 10 Central trade unions along with different federations are participating in the day-long protest. Also Read - Bharat Bandh on January 8: JEE, UPTET, ICAR And Other Competitive Exams Likely to be Affected- Check Latest Update Here

As part of the agitation, the protesters blocked railway tracks in Howrah and Kanchrapara in West Bengal’s North 24 Parganas. CPI (M) protesters also stopped the operation of state transport buses. Also Read - 10 central trade unions to go on 2-day nationwide strike from Jan 8

In Siliguri, a North Bengal State Transport Corporation(NBSTC) bus driver was seen wearing a helmet in wake of protests during Bharat Bandh.

A number of places in Odisha including Talcher, Bhubaneswar, Brahmapur, Bhadrak and Kendujhargarh were affected by the general strike.

Trade unions participating in Bharat Bandh?

The 10 central trade unions that called for the protest include INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, TUCC, SEWA, AICCTU, LPF, UTUC.

How many people will join the strike?

Over 25 crore people will join their nationwide strike call in protest against the economic policies of the government.

What are they demanding?

The main demand of the central trade unions is that the Centre should drop the proposed labour reforms in the country. The development comes as the Centre recently passed a bill and proposed to merge 44 labour laws into four codes — wages, industrial relations, social security, and safe working conditions.

Banks supporting the strike?

AIBEA, All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA), Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI), Indian National Bank Employees Federation (INBEF) and Indian National Bank Officers Congress (INBOC) are joining in the protest.

About 60 organisations of students and elected office-bearers of some universities have also decided to join the strike to raise voice against increased fee structure and commercialization of education.

Government’s stand?

The Centre, has meanwhile, warned its employees not to join in the protest and said those who join will face actions.

In a missive circular issued to all central government departments, the Central government said existing instructions prohibit a government servant from participating in any form of strike including mass casual leave etc.

The circular from the Centre comes as the Supreme Court has also agreed in several judgements that going on a strike is a grave misconduct under the rules and that misconduct by the government employees is required to be dealt with in accordance with the law.

Further, amid apprehension of violence during the nationwide trade union strike today, the West Bengal government Tuesday promised an insurance cover of up to Rs 6 lakh for vehicles damaged due to violence.
Suvendu Adhikari, the state’s transport minister, said FIRs will be registered within 24 hours of such incidents taking place.

Live Updates

  • 4:41 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE Updates: Over five hundred people detained by police during the strike in Bhubaneswar, Odisha.

  • 2:50 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE Updates: “Bandhs called by them (Left parties) earlier were rejected. They want to get cheap publicity by calling bandh and hurling bombs on buses. Instead of gaining this publicity, political death is better,” Mamata added.

  • 2:41 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE Updates: West Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee attacks CPI-M .

    “CPI-M has no ideology. Planting bombs on railway tracks is ‘gundagardi’. In the name of movement, commuters are being beaten up and stones are being pelted. This is ‘dadagiri’, not a movement. I condemn this. bharat bandh,” Banerjee said.
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  • 12:28 PM IST

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE Updates: A clash erupted allegedly between Trinamool Congress (TMC) and Students’ Federation of India (SFI) workers in Burdwan during the Bharat Bandh called by ten trade Unions against ‘anti-worker policies of Central Government’, reported news agency ANI.

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  • 12:05 PM IST
    A bus was vandalised in Cooch Behar.

  • 11:00 AM IST

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE Updates: In Tamil Nadu, protest is underway on Mount road in Chennai.

  • 10:59 AM IST

    Bharat Bandh Today LIVE Updates: Maharashtra PWD Minister Ashok Chavan said that the state government is in the support of Bharat Bandh, called by 10 central trade unions.

    “State Government supports today’s bharat bandh call of different trade unions, Govt at the Centre is an anti-labour Govt,” he said.
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