Lukewarm response to Bangalore bandh

Lukewarm response to Bangalore bandh

Pvt schools declare holiday

Lukewarm response to Bangalore bandh

Normal life in the City may be affected and fearing trouble, most private educational institutions have declared a holiday on Thursday in wake of the ‘Bangalore bandh’ call given by various pro-Kannada organisations to protest against the rise in crimes against women. 

While there is no official notification of a holiday for colleges and institutions of higher education, examinations scheduled for Thursday have been postponed. The MBA fourth semester exam of Bangalore University will now be held on August 5 from 2 pm to 5 pm.
 The first year DEd examination (Educational Assessment) conducted by the Karnataka Secondary Examination and Education Board has been rescheduled for August 1 (10 am to 11:30 am). 

Though the Department of Primary and Secondary Education has not declared a holiday, it has left the matter to the discretion of the respective institutions, said Commissioner, Department of Public Instructions, Mohammed Mohsin.

The Karnataka Private Schools Joint Action Committee, an umbrella group of various private school managements, has declared a holiday in all its schools. While BMTC and Namma Metro officials said  that bus and train services will be uninterrupted, autorickshaw and taxi unions said it is up to the individual drivers to support the bandh. 

A majority of hotels and restaurants will remain closed as Bruhat Bangalore Hoteliers’ Association has backed the bandh call. Association president B Chandrashekhar Hebbar said some hotels will be open till 9 am and all hotels will function after 6 pm.

Federation of Karnataka Chamber of Commerce and Industries president S Sampathraman said: “We support the cause but not the bandh. A one-day bandh in the City will cause losses of Rs 700 crore to the State exchequer.” He added that all industries, including the small-scale ones, will be operational on Thursday. 

Karnataka Film Exhibitors’ Federation president Rangangouda Odugoudar said in Gadag that none of the organisations have sought the federation’s support. Hence, no decision has been taken on closing cinemas.