Tripura offices hit by strike
Government and semi-government offices and educational institutions remained closed in Tripura on Tuesday due to a nationwide strike called by the central and state government employees and teachers in support of their 12-point demand.
"The strike was total and peaceful with an estimated 100,000 central and state government employees, teachers and other workers taking part in the strike in the state," said Ashes Debroy, a member of the Tripura Employees Coordination Committee.
The demands include abolition of Pension Fund and Development Authority Bill, enactment of a law providing rights to call strikes, checking price rise, and stopping reduction of government departments, privatisation of official services and contract employment.
"The strike was also successful in most parts of the northeast," Debroy claimed, quoting reports from the other northeastern states.
There has been no report of any untoward incident in the region so far. The state government has warned of action against employees who are staying away from work.