Be aware, your cooking gas supplier may not turn up with the cylinder on February 20 and 21. And with DTC buses likely to keep off the roads, it would be advisable for you to fill your vehicle’s fuel tank in advance — considering that many pumps would remain shut. Public sector banks may also down the shutters on these days.
Even as central trade unions go on a first-ever two-day-long general strike on February 20 and 21, their action is likely to cripple essential services. A coalition of unions has been formed for undertaking the proposed strike, which would have the Congress-affiliated INTUC taking to the streets alongside the Sangh Parivar’s
Bhartiya Mazdoor Sangh, Left’s AITUC and CITU. In Maharashtra, Shiv Sena’s workers confirmed their support to the strike.
A confederation of Indian retail establishments may join the cause. “The government is ignoring trade unions, a stakeholder of the economy,” AITUC chief Gurudas Dasgupta said.
INTUC chief Sanjeeva Reddy said in the trade union movement, political affiliations can be overlooked for the larger cause of workers’ welfare.