Maharastra govt geared up to tackle strike: Chief Secretary

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 09:25 hrs

Mumbai: The administrative machinery of the state government is all geared up to tackle the strike called by labour unions on February 20 and 21, Maharashtra chief secretary J K Banthia said here today.

Necessary steps have been taken to ensure that basic utilities like electricity, water supply, health and public transport were not hampered due to the strike, Banthia said at a meeting at Mantralaya, the state headquarters.

The BEST administration, which handles bus transportation in the metropolis, has made arrangements to ensure the 12th standard students appearing for HSC exams starting on February 21 get to reach their exam centres and a policeman would be deployed in each bus during the strike, he said.

A section of the trade unions like the one led by Sharad Rao which enjoys large following among the labour class has decided to go on strike only on February 20 in view of the HSC examinations in Maharashtra on February 21 while taxi unions have decided against taking part in the nation-wide strike.

"As per our information, 13.44 lakh students across Maharashtra will attend the HSC examinations. Given the serious implications of the bandh, the activists have decided to participate in the bandh only on February 20," Rao said.

As many as 11 central trade unions have called for an all- India general strike on February 20 and 21 to protest the "anti-people" policies of the government.

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