Kolkata: The West Bengal Government on Monday warned of stern action against disruption of normal life during the two-day general strike called by some central trade unions on February 20 and 21, while issuing a directive to the government employees to report for duty.
    
"All state government offices will remain open on those days and all government employees should report for duty," Chief Secretary Sanjay Mitra said.
    
The directive also clearly stipulated that the state government employees would not be granted any leave on those days.
    
"Normal vocation of the people in general should not be allowed to be disturbed. In particular it should be ensured that there is no interruption in normal flow of road traffic or stoppage of movement of trains due to squatting or other types of blockades," it said.
    
Directing all administrative authorities concerned to ensure that such a situation not be allowed to emerge, the circular said "prompt advance action should be taken to effectively deal with them."
    
Stating that forcible disruption of normal life has been held illegal by the High Court, it said, "Police and administration will provide necessary security and assistance in accordance with the instructions that follows."
     
"All precautionary measures should be taken to ensure that there is no violation of law and order and that no untoward incident takes place. Attempts at forcible closure of government offices, shops, markets, educational institutions, industrial establishments etc should be dealt with firmly," it said.
     
The circular also directed local administrations to make wide publicity of its directives through public address system at the local level.

(Agencies)

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