Bandh partially successful in Udupi

Bandh partially successful in Udupi

The Private bus stand in Udupi wears a deserted look.

The nationwide bandh call given by various trade unions against the NDA government and in support of various demands including minimum wages and social security was partially successful in Udupi district.

No untoward incidents were reported.

Buses operated by Karnataka State Road Transport Corporation (KSRTC) and private operators remained off the roads in major parts of the district causing hardship to the passengers.

Autorickshaws and taxis continued to operate.

All schools, colleges in the district remained closed on Tuesday. 

The protesters staged a demonstration in front of the post office and the LIC office demanding recognition for skilled workers.

They demanded that inflation must be checked and a minimum wage of Rs 18,000 must be paid.

“Equal pay for equal work must be implemented,” they urged. The protesters urged the government not to entertain foreign direct investment (FDI) in railways and not to merge banks.

One of the major demands of the agitators was the enactment of the Social Security Act and fixing minimum wages at Rs 24,000 for the unorganised transport sector.

They alleged that the government had failed to create jobs and ignored the 12-point charter of demands. The charter includes minimum wages and social security schemes.

Workers of various sectors extended support to the two-day strike in the district. The movement of people was limited.

Police provided tight security to ensure safety. Members of trade unions and bus drivers entered into a clash in Udupi on Tuesday morning over bandh issue.

As autorickshaws were allowed to ply, bus drivers objected to it. Udupi town police arrived at the spot and brought the situation under control.

The bandh evoked a good response in Kundapur. Most of the shops remained closed and buses remained off the roads. The bandh call received a poor response in Gangolli. In Karkala, the bandh was partially successful.

The family of Shanthanna Gouda which was on its way to Hubballi from Dharmasthala faced the heat of the bandh and were left stranded.

Speaking to DH, Gouda hoped that buses ply on Wednesday.