All India Strike evokes mixed reaction in Rajasthan

The two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions in support of their demands today evoked mixed reactions in Rajasthan.

People faced problems as banks branches are closed and

state roadways buses are also not plying. However, there was no significant impact on school buses and autorickshaws.

"6000 bank branches across the state are closed which would affect more than 3 lakh people. Checks worth Rs 3,000 crore will not be cleared in two days in the state," Mahesh Mishra, a representative of United Forum of Bank Unions said. Mishra said that approximately 1500 ATMs in the state would run out of cash by evening. 20,000 state roadways employees are fully participating in the strike and not a single bus was operated today, General Secretary Rajasthan State Roadways Employees Union Dharmveer Chaudhary said. "We have reports that operations in all the 52 depots are down. We have 4500 buses but none will run them for two days. The strike from our side is successful," he claimed. Despite the bandh call, many autorickshaws are plying on the city roads. Autorickshaws are also plying in Jodhpur and Bhilwara. Moinuddin Qureshi, treasurer of Lal Jhanda Auto Driver Union, which is one of the two unions of autorickshaw drivers, said that 70 per cent of auto drivers are participating in the strike. The rest drivers are associating with the other union and running the vehicle.

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