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Kerala HC directs state to restrict its govt employees from participating in Bharat Bandh

By Ruchi Upadhyay 
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Thiruvananthapuram: The Kerala high court on Monday barred government employees from participating in the 48-hour nationwide shutdown called by trade unions. It directed the government to issue an order on this immediately. The court said government employees do not come under the ambit of workers and their participation in the strike is against service rules.

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Supporters of the two-day nationwide strike Monday put up rail and road blockades in various places in West Bengal to impose the Bharat Bandh. Left workers were seen blocking railway tracks in Jadavpur, Dum Dum, Barasat, Shyamnagar, Belgharia, Joynagar, Domjur, and other places to protest against the Centre’s policies. The police later lifted the blockades to resume rail services.

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Kerala high court’s order came after the central trade unions started protest against “the anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-people and anti-national policies” of the central government.

The two-day nationwide strike began in Kerala on Monday (March 27) with almost all institutions downing their shutters. State-run KSRTC buses did not operate while taxis, auto-rickshaws, and private buses were kept away from the roads across the state. Commercial vehicles including trucks and lorries are also not plying expressing solidarity with the strike.

However, the essential services including milk, newspapers, hospitals, ambulances were not affected. All employee unions in the state and the country except the Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh are taking part in the protest.

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