Operations in banking and insurance sectors as also treasuries across Bihar were hit by the strike called by various Left-affiliated trade unions against the economic and labour policies of the UPA government.
Functioning of various banks, including RBI, Dena Bank, Allahabad Bank, Central Bank of India, Bank of India and Nabard was paralysed though branches of State Bank of India were open, sources in the banking sector said.
A large number of employees posted at various district collectorates and treasuries owing allegiance to the Bihar non-gazetted employees federation are also on strike.
"Nearly 95 per cent of the over three lakh non-gazetted employees are on strike....The success of our stir is unprecedented," Manjul Kumar Das, general secretary of the federation claimed.
However, work at the state secretariat was largely unaffected.
"Treasury and banking transactions have been badly affected by the strike as besides commercial banks employees, all employees and officers of regional rural banks and bihar state cooperative bank participated in the strike," B Prasad, general secretary of bank employees federation of Bihar said.
Railway traffic has also been hit by the strike as several trains destined for Left-ruled West Bengal have been controlled at various places, chief public relations officer of East Central railway AK Chandra said.