Nationwide stir likely to hit DK

Nationwide stir likely to hit DK

Private buses in Dakshina Kannada have pasted a notice regarding the bandh on January 8.

The two-day nationwide stir is likely to hit the transport sector in Dakshina Kannada.

DK Private Bus Operators’ Association President Dilraj Alva said the buses would operate if the crew members report to work on both the days. “The drivers and conductors on a few bus routes have decided not to support the bandh,” he told DH after a meeting of private bus operators held in the city.

Autorickshaw unions, taxi operator associations affiliated to left parties and street vendors association have extended support to the nationwide bandh. Majority of the private buses were seen carrying a sticker alerting the public about the bandh planned on January 8. 

KSRTC to operate buses

KSRTC Mangaluru Divisional Controller Deepak Kumar said; “Based on the prevailing situation, KSRTC will operate its services to different parts of the district and outside the district on Tuesday. Our staff are worried about the stone pelting that may occur.”

The employees working in express service and city buses will participate in the nationwide stir call given by the Central trade unions on January 8 and 9, a release from CITU General Secretary Vasanth Achari stated.

10 unions

The ten trade unions that have jointly called for the nationwide general strike include INTUC, AITUC, HMS, CITU, AIUTUC, AICCTU, UTUC, and others. The trade unions had the backing of almost all major independent federations of central government employees, state employees and the employees of banks, insurance, telecom, and other service sectors, Achari said.

Further, he urged the Centre to withdraw the amendments to the Motor Vehicles Act and protect the interests of the transport sector. The government’s move to hand over the private transport system to corporates should be opposed.

The amendment would help the corporates and dilute the powers of the state governments. The labourers who work in the private transport system will lose jobs with the implementation of the Act, he feared.

‘Diluting laws’

He accused the Centre of diluting the labour laws. “The bus employees and other employees working in the transport system do not have social security. All the poor labourers should get PF, ESI and gratuity facilities. The names of all the labourers should be registered in the labour department,” he demanded.

In a press release, Street Vendors Association General Secretary Harish Poojary said; “Street Vendors (Protection of Livelihood and Regulation of Street Vending) Act should be implemented effectively. “The NDA government has failed to chalk out welfare programmes for the street vendors. Hence, the DK Street Vendors’ Association will actively take part in the two-day bandh.”

Meanwhile, Dakshina Kannada SP Lakshmi Prasad said that security has been strengthned in Dakshina Kannada in the wake of the nationwide bandh. KSRP and Dar platoons have been deployed at strategeic locations to avoid any untoward incidents in the district.

Holiday for schools

Dakshina Kannada DC Sasikanth Senthil and Udupi DC Priyanka Mary Francis have declared a holiday for schools and colleges in DK and Udupi districts on January 8, following the nationwide stir.