Bhubaneswar: About 25 crore workers reportedly participated in first 24-hour nationwide bandh called by central trade unions today. The strike has been called to protest against the new farm and labour laws, among others, as well as to raise various demands.
The protestors called for ‘chakka jam’ and ‘rail roko’. However, there was no impact on the movement of trains, as there no drop in the amount of freight carried by Indian Railways yesterday.
Banking services were also hit as All India Bank Employees’ Association (AIBEA), All India Bank Officers Association (AIBOA) and Bank Employees Federation of India (BEFI) are participating in the strike.
Visuals from several districts across Odisha showed the protestors picketing the roads and blocking them. The shops, markets, offices across the State were closed while the main roads were also empty, barring a few private vehicles plying. Likewise, the banks also remained non-functional.
It is important to note here that this is the first major strike to be held in India after the pandemic hit. The videos show lack of maintenance social distancing which is most essential since we are amid a pandemic. Very few people had masks on, and some who did had not put their masks on properly.
Central trade unions are observing a nationwide general strike to protest “against the anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people anti-national policies of BJP Government”.