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Two-day Nationwide strike by trade unions paralyses normal life in Odisha

Bhubaneswar:8/1/19: The two-day nationwide strike called by the Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) crippled normal life across Odisha today.

The agitators staged road blockade at various places and resorted to rail roko at several railway stations, thereby affecting movement of trains.

While many shops and business establishments remained closed, the State Government had yesterday declared closure of all educational institutions for today. Movement of vehicles, especially heavy ones, came to a grinding halt across the state.

Odisha’s ruling Biju Janata Dal (BJD) and Congress have extended their support to the bandh in Odisha.

Notably, the trade unions are protesting against the alleged “anti-labour, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the Narendra Modi government. In a press release, the CITU said the BJP government had made “desperate attempts” to make “gross pro-employer changes in labour laws” ignoring the viewpoints of trade unions.

“Unilaterally and through arbitrary notification on fixed term employment through executive order on the one hand and through gradual replacement of workers by apprentices in various establishments on the other, the very concept of regular employment and job security is being sought to be wiped out from the workplaces,” it said.

“Now the Cabinet has come out with amendments in the Trade Union Act, 1926, which are irrational, highly discretionary and extremely damaging to the independent functioning of unions. It is designed with the dubious intention to cripple unions, to promote pocket unions or tout unions.”

The CITU also took a dig at the FDI policy, saying it was aimed at “looting the national assets and resources on the one hand and destruction of country’s economic base on the other”.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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