Trade unions' strike evokes little response in Jammu

Last Updated: Wed, Feb 20, 2013 12:45 hrs

The two-day nationwide strike called by major trade unions evoked little response in Jammu with vehicular traffic plying normally and shops and business establishment performing routine business.

However, all nationalised banks except state-owned Jammu and Kashmir Bank remained closed amid protests by the several bank associations.

All shops and other business establishments remained open in the city and traffic was plying normally on roads.

Attendance too was normal in state government offices, particularly the Civil Secretariat.

It was mostly the banking services that got crippled as all nationalised banks observed total strike and several banks associations held protest demonstrations. The state-owned Jammu and Kashmir, however, remained open.

"We are not on strike, our transactions are going as per routine. However, our outstation clearing service has been suspended" Jammu and Kashmir Bank's PRO Anil Sharma told PTI.

There was also no effect on the rail and air services, both incoming and outgoing trains and flights operated normally.

The nationwide strike has been called jointly by unions like the Indian Trade Union Congress (INTUC), All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), All India United Trade Union Centre (AIUTUC) and other such central organisations in support of their 10-point charter of demands.

A joint rally will be taken out by trade bodies in Jammu city tomorrow in support of their demands.

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