Bengaluru: Tuesday threatens to be a day of uncertainty in Dakshina Kannada, Karnataka, as the bus owners have put the onus of plying the vehicles on their employees in view of the Bharath bandh on January 8 and 9. As a fallout of the bandh call, schools and colleges in Dakshina Kannada district would remain closed, said reports. Udupi district administration also declared a holiday on Tuesday for schools and colleges.
Dakshina Kannada district deputy commissioner Sasikanth Senthil S was quoted by a leading daily as saying that further talks would be held with bus operators later in the evening. According to reports, district administration had been told to choose whether to keep educational institutions open or not. Mangalore University and all the colleges under it would remain closed for the day.
Meanwhile, on whether the bus service would be affected, Dakshina Kannada District Bus Operators Association President Dilraj Alva said it depended upon the staff. “We do not know whether they are affiliated to any workers’ union that has called for the bandh. If they arrive at work, buses will ply as usual. If not, we will be compelled to suspend services for the day,” he said.
A senior officer from KSRTC added that drivers and conductors were worried about their own safety and weren’t likely to report to work.
In Odisha, all educational institutions would be closed in the wake of the bandh call. A statement issued by the state’s Higher Education Department confirmed the same. The decision was taken keeping in view the safety of students. Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) has extended its support to the proposed strike.
While Kerala would also see bandh on the day, called by the Joint Trade Union Council, a platform of various trade unions, there is no information yet on whether educational institutions would be closed for the day.
The strike is being conducted in protest against the alleged anti-workers policies of the Central Government, CITU state president Anathalavattom Anandan has been quoted as saying.