New Delhi: Commuters in Delhi faced a tough time on Thursday as autos and taxis remained off the roads and metro trains and buses were packed to capacity with the two-day Bharat Bandh called by 11 major trade unions entering its last day.

Anu Tandon, a sales executive from east Delhi, complained that she had to walk around two km from her house to the nearest Delhi Metro station as there were no autos on roads."I had to walk about two km to the Metro station, as I couldn't find an auto," she said

Financial and transport services hit in Bihar

The transport and financial services were hit in Bihar. Protestors with red flags disrupted the movement of dozens of trains in various sections of the East-Central Railway.

The road transport was also hit as over one lakh trucks were off the roads in support of the strike, All India Truck Owners Association President Bhanu Shekhar Prasad Singh said. The financial services were adversely affected for the second day with public and private sector banks remaining closed, General Secretary of the Bank Employees' Federation, Bihar, B Prasad, said.
Luke warm response in Assam

 The second day of the nationwide trade union strike evoked luke warm response in Assam on Thursday. Public transport, including buses, shared trekker taxi service, auto-rickshaw and cycle-rickshaws were operating normally. Trains and flight operations also operated as per schedule as well.

Partial impact in Odisha

Normal life was partially affected in several parts of Odisha. People faced difficulties in commuting as buses, taxis auto-rickshaws remained off the roads, leaving a large number of passengers, including women and children, stranded at different places.  Shops, markets, business establishments and petrol pumps
remained closed, while eating joints and kiosks were found open. Small traders and retailers also resumed their business operations, official sources said.
Strike hit transport, banking services in Punjab

Public transport and banking services continued to be affected in Punjab in support of their various demands, including steps to check price rise and enforcement of labour laws.

"We are not seeing arrival of buses from Punjab and Haryana operating on inter-state routes on the second consecutive day. The buses of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking also did not ply to other states," a senior official of Chandigarh Transport Undertaking said.
Bank officials claimed that enough cash was put in ATMs to enable customers to withdraw money for their requirements during two-day stir, protesting bank employees claimed that cash dispensing machines have started drying up at some places.

Services paralysed in Gujarat

Banking services remained crippled in Gujarat affecting financial transactions worth over Rs 40,000 crore. Transport services resumed from midnight as Gujarat State Road Transportation Corporation (GSRTC) employees joined duty.

Banking, postal services hit in TN

Banking and postal services continued to be affected while shops remained open and transport services plied normally. Members of the protesting trade unions, including AITUC, United Forum of Bank Unions and other associations staged demonstrations in various parts of the city.
While train services remained unaffected, inter-State buses of government-owned Transport Corporation partially did not operate, sources said.

ATMs dried up in Mumbai

Majority of ATMs have dried up in the financial capital of Mumbai and banking operations across the city.

"A majority of ATMs have dried up while the (bank) branches are shut. Additionally, there has not been any cheque clearing as personnel from RBI too joined the strike. It will take at least 2-3 working days to clear the backlog for banks", said All India Bank Employees Association Vice President Vishwas Utagi.
Bank, govt employees hold protests in AP

Employees of banks and public sector organisations in Andhra Pradesh continued their protests on the second day of the two-day strike.

AITUC state unit president and MLC P J Chandrasekhar Rao had claimed that the strike was being held in an unprecedented manner with staff of the state-run miner Singareni Collieries, Andhra Pradesh State Road Transport Corporation (APSRTC) joining the stir.
Life unaffected in Karnataka

The two-day nationwide strike called by 11 Central trade unions had no major impact in most parts of Karnataka. Though banking services were hit, many buses, taxis and autos plied and shops and hotels remained opened. However, schools and colleges were closed.

Normal life hit in Bengal

Normal life was partially affected in West Bengal. The impact was, however, less compared to Wednesday as the West Bengal unit of the Marxist CITU decided to observe on Thursday only as an industrial strike.

This, it said, was because on February 21, the International Mother Tongue Day, is celebrated as 'Bhasha Divas' in West Bengal.


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