New Delhi: The Karnataka bandh called by the Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkuta on February 13 is likely to hit the cab and auto services in the state and more specifically in Bengaluru. The development comes as a number of cab and auto services have extended their support for the day-long strike. In Bengaluru, the Ola and Uber drivers’ Association has extended support for the bandh.
As per updates, the day-long strike has been called by the Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkuta to demand the implementation of the Sarojini Mahishi report, which recommends job reservations to Kannadigas in the state.
According to Sarojini Mahishi report, Kannadigas should get a certain percentage of jobs in private companies, public sector undertakings, and multinational companies. Though the Sarojini Mahishi report was submitted in 1984, it is yet to be implemented in the state.
Notably, Sarojini Mahishi, a four-time MP and Janatha party leader, was appointed by the Ramakrishna Hegde government to head the committee in 1983.
It is worth to mention here that the Goa government has recently implemented a policy to make sure 80 per cent reservation for the local people of the state in private sector jobs.
However, reports suggest that the strike is unlikely to affect many services. Public transportation including the Namma Metro and the Bengaluru Metropolitan Transport Corporation (BMTC) will work as usual.
Apart from cab and auto services, other organisations such as Karnataka Film Chamber of Commerce (KFCC), Lorry Owners Association, Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) have extended their support to the strike.
Karnataka Sanghatanegala Okkuta President HB Nagesh told a news agency that a grand rally will be taken out from the Town Hall to Freedom Park.
Meanwhile, Bangalore University has stated that all post-graduate examinations scheduled for Thursday have been postponed in the view of Karnataka bandh called by pro-Kannada activists.