Bharat bandh: Commuters have a tough time in city as buses, autos keep off roads

Bharat bandh: Commuters have a tough time in city as buses, autos keep off roads

Submitted by alvin on Fri, 2016-09-02 17:41 Bengaluru: Normal life was hit in the city due to the nationwide strike called by the central trade unions on Friday. Commuters and travellers in the city were greatly inconvenienced as public transport, cabs, and autos remained off roads. With KSRTC and BMTC buses unavailable, many had to take the help of family members to get dropped at their destinations. Lakshmi, a flower vendor at KR market, said, “I come all the way from Hoskote. Since there were no buses today, my son dropped me. But the business is very dull as there are no customers.” Many of the city’s usually traffic-choked roads wore a deserted look as government staff stayed away from work. Schools and colleges were also shut as a precautionary measure. But shops and hotels functioned normally.With banks, too, joining the strike, many ATMs in the city witnessed long queues. The situation was the same at petrol pumps.But BMRCL ran its Metro services as per schedule. There was no disruption of railway services as well.Keeping in mind the festival season, the city police deployed 40 KSRP, 30 CRP, 1,000 Home Guards and Armed forces in sensitive locations. Trade unions’ demand:The trade unions are not happy with the government’s proposal to hike minimum wage for unskilled workers to Rs 12,000 per month for Tier-I cities. The unions have demanded social security for workers and a minimum wage of not less than 18,000 per month. They also want an assured enhanced pension of not less than 3,000 per month for all sectors, including unorganised workers. They also want FDI to be removed from railways, defence and other “strategic sectors”.