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Strike cripples life in West Bengal

The 24-hour nationwide general strike has been called by Left-affiliated trade unions against the UPA Govt's policies.

india Updated: Dec 14, 2006 14:00 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Life came to a standstill in Left Front-ruled West Bengal on Thursday following a 24-hour nationwide general strike called by Left-affiliated trade unions against the UPA government's economic and industrial policies.

Roads in the metropolis were deserted with no public transport while shops and establishments were closed.

The nascent IT sector, given the status of a public utility, has not been exempted from the purview of the strike though the CPI(M)'s labour body CITU has assured that there would be no picketing at the IT hub of Salt Lake sector five.

The recently formed IT Services Association has said that it would not enforce the strike.

At a meeting convened by Webel of IT and ITeS companies on the eve of the strike, the industry was assured that special arrangements would be made so that employees were able to go to work and return safely.

In a departure from earlier bandhs, airlines including Indian and Jet, have cancelled their operations from the metropolis.

First Published: Dec 14, 2006 09:05 IST