Haryana roadways strike today: Haryana roadways have called for a strike for two days starting from today (October 16). The commuters are set to face a tough time since the services of the public transport are likely to be hit in view of the Haryana roadways strike.

The Haryana roadways strike has been called to protest against the state government’s decision to hire 700 private buses. Terming the call for a strike as “unwarranted”, the Manohar Lal Khattar government Monday said that it was not in “public or employees interests”.

In its demands, the roadways leaders have said that the Haryana government should increase the state’s bus fleet of buses instead of promoting private transporters.

In view of the Haryana roadways strike for two days, the Punjab and Haryana High Court asked the government to strictly implement the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). In August, Haryana Roadways employees went on a day-long strike protest the government’s move to allow private buses to ply within and from the state.

In view of the employees’ strike, the authorities had also imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure at some places prohibiting assembly of more than four people. The Haryana government had on August 30 invoked the Haryana Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) for six months barring the employees to go on the proposed strike.