Normal life hit in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh

Normal life hit in Kerala, Andhra Pradesh

The nationwide strike called by trade unions on Wednesday was near-total in Kerala and crippled normal life in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

In Kerala, public transport was affected, resulting in low attendance at government offices. Business establishments remained shut. There were reports of minor violence in several districts.

Buses operated by the state transport corporation remained off the roads. As cabs and auto-rickshaws were also not operating, the limited transport options hit the tourism sector. In Thiruvananthapuram, police arranged alternative transportation services for people who arrived in trains.

Reports said attendance at government offices stood at around 50 per cent. The state government had announced no work, no pay principle would be applicable for government employees and teachers joining the strike.

AP, Telangana

Banking and transportation services in Andhra Pradesh on Telangana were hit on Wednesday.

Activists of 10 trade unions and Left parties organised rallies in different parts of the states protesting against NDA government’s initiatives on labour laws, disinvestment and privatisation of public sector undertakings.

While all banking transactions were affected and ATMs ran out of cash, especially in Hyderabad, as banking employees voluntarily joined  the bandh, state-owned transport corporations, APSRTC and TSRTC as well as city buses did not operate fearing trouble.

A few auto-rickshaws operated from Secunderabad railway station and the bus terminus, providing relief to stranded passengers.

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