**Balasore/Cuttack/Rourkela:** Protest against “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the Central government, the Left affiliated Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) has begun its two-day nationwide general strike today in full swing across Odisha.
Reportedly, Biju Janata Dala and Congress have extended their support to the bandh in Odisha. Public sector employees, unorganised sector workers, port and dock workers, bank and insurance employees have also participated in the protest march against growing economic crisis, price rise and acute unemployment. Agitators staged demonstrations, rasta roko and rail roko, especially in the rural parts of the State.
Ten trade unions who have jointly called for the nationwide general strike are INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, TUCC, UTUC, LPF and SEWA. Farmers too joined road jam, demonstration, protest meetings throughout the country to register their disenchantment with the government and its policies.
Reportedly, agitators staged protest in Jaleswar station and halted Guwahati-Thiruvananthpuram Express. Security was tightened in front of Rourkela Steel plant as the bandh gained momentum in Bisra. Meanwhile, Khurdha-Kharagpur passenger train was also halted by agitators. Shops and business establishments downed their shutters bringing normal life to a grinding halt. Vehicular movement was hit too as protestors staged picketing on main roads and burned tyres.
Government of Odisha has also declared a Public Holiday for all educational institutions today. “All schools, both government and private, will remain shut on Tuesday, in view of the Bandh. About Wednesday, we will take a call after assessing the situation tomorrow,” School and Mass Education Department Secretary, Pradipta Mahapatra said.
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