08 January 2019
Odisha: As the two-day strike by the trade unions across the country aims to highlight the hardships the country’s labour force, the common man in Odisha seems to support their strike against anti-worker policies of the central government.
Shops and business establishments downed their shutters bringing normal life to a grinding halt. The commuters were stranded on roads as the vehicular movement of public transport was hit.
OMMCOM NEWS crisscrossed the roads to know the reaction of the public on the roads of Bhubaneswar regarding this bandh call.
“I had gone to Andhra for my exams and reached Bhubaneswar today. I have to go to my hometown Jajpur but now I am stuck here. Two-day long strike is not good for the common people,” opined
Sanjiv Mohapatra from Bargarh supports this bandh though he faced lot of difficulties while commuting from Bargarh to Bhubaneswar.
“I have some work in Bhubaneswar. I took a lift till Angul in a truck, and then travelled in an ambulance before taking another vehicle’s help to reach the capital city. If a young man like me is facing such a problem, the common people are definitely facing troubles. Though I support the Bandh as the workers are doing it for the fulfillment of their rights, the transport system should not be halted totally,” said Sanjiv.
Shivam from Kerala reached Bhubaneswar on Tuesday. “I did not know about the bandh and now I am facing problem now. The workers are organizing this bandh for fulfilling their demands, and I support it but there should be adequate arrangements for people like us who get stuck due to bandh.”
Reena from Kharagpur had come to AIIMS here for treatment but now is stuck at Master Canteen. “Our train was 2 hrs late, and now we are not getting any transport to reach AIIMS. Though we are facing problems, I support this bandh as it is for the welfare of the people.”
Anil from Old Town area spoke out, “The workers are demanding what is their right. The government should take care of their demands. This bandh is definitely affecting the common man but it by far a more peaceful protest.”
Pradyumna Prusty seems to be happy for the bandh call. “I am also a worker. If the demands of the trade unions are met, we also will be benefitted. So though my earnings will be affected for two days, I don’t mind much.”
Notably, Biju Janata Dala and Congress have extended their support to the bandh in Odisha. Public sector employees, unorganised sector workers, port and dock workers, bank and insurance employees have also participated in the protest march against growing economic crisis, price rise and acute unemployment. Agitators staged demonstrations, rasta roko and rail roko, especially in the rural parts of the State.