Bank, commercial establishments remain closed in HP

Shimla/February 20

Banks and commercial establishments in Himachal Pradesh remained closed today after trade unions of employees joined the nationwide strike.

A trade union official said that most of the private hotels, banks and state government departments were shut as their employees were on a day-long strike. However, there was no impact on rail and road traffic in the state.

The Centre of Indian Trade Unions’ state president, Jagat Singh said that employees of private hotels, hydropower projects and various central and state government departments in the state have joined the strike and there is a complete shutdown these departments.

The employees of more than 18,000 ‘aganwari’ centres have also join the protest. Sources said that the employees unions of the state irrigation and public health and public works department also participated in the protest. However, there is no report of any sort of violence in the state.

The two-day nationwide strike has been called by 11 major trade unions from today and the strike has paralysed banking services across the country and shut down public transport in cities. There were reports of some factories in Noida being attacked by some miscreants while a trade union activist died after he tried to stop a bus from playing in Ambala. Meanwhile, Union Minister V Narayanasamy has appealed to the unions to call off their strike as government is expecting a loss of Rs. 15000-20000 crore due to the strike.