Normal life hit as day-long nationwide strike begins

Banking, transport and other services were today hit in parts of Rajasthan as a result of a one-day all India strike called by ten central trade unions against changes in labour laws and privatisation of PSUs.

Bank services were also affected as most of the branches remained closed while state roadways buses, barring in Banswara and Baran district, also did not operate causing hardship to commuters.

Trade union leaders and workers held a mass demonstration at Shahid Smarak to press for their demands.

"Most of the 4,900 buses did not ply in Rajasthan today as a result of the strike. Though several employees are working in the headquarters, operations of buses have been hit," said a state roadways official.

Banking sector is also participating in the strike and no transaction took place in most of the branches.

Several demonstrations were held across the state today under the strike though no untoward incident was reported so far, police said.

The unions are demanding minimum monthly wage of Rs. 15,000, health care, rehabilitation of bonded labourers, regulation of working hours for domestic workers, food security, and unemployment allowance, among others.

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