In neighborhoods, essential services remain unchanged, but office traffic is low | Ranchi News

Jamshedpur: The bandh on Monday spoke of a mixed response in Jamshedpur where essential services, like running long-distance trains and buses and the operation of shops, remained unchanged while union members and bank workers descended on the streets to protest against the Center .
A two-day nationwide strike, starting Monday, was called by a joint forum of central unions to protest central government policy. The All India Bank Employees’ Association has announced its support for the strike.
Leaders of trade unions like AITUC, INTUC, FMRAI, BSSRU and others staged a march in Bistupur area to oppose Narendra Modi-led BJP government’s bid to sell state-owned enterprises for profit. “The government is determined to sell the country’s assets. The future of industrial workers is at stake as crony capitalism is growing rapidly under the current regime,” said AITUC leader Ambuj Thakur.
Jamshedpur branch of Ayakar Karamchari Mahasangh (AKM) also staged a protest against the Union government. “We call on the government to implement the old pension scheme and abolish the mandatory pension scheme under Basic Rule 56 (J). This has put the income tax employees department at risk,” said Manoj Kumar, secretary of AKM (Jamshedpur).
Likewise, more than 4,500 employees from 170 branches of 12 public sector banks took to the streets in groups, vehemently opposing central government policies. “The policies followed by the central government are anti-worker, anti-farmer, anti-public and anti-national,” said United Forum of Bank Employees’ Union leader Alhileshwar Upadhyay.
Some protesters created a row at the main SBI branch in Bistupur, accusing the director of tearing down posters and removing banners that were hung at the front door. Later, the police had to intervene to bring the situation under control.
The banking sector suffered losses to the tune of Rs 500 crore, according to banking union representatives.
The bandh has also impacted the services of the BSNL and LIC offices and the post office here.
In the auxiliary city of Adityapur, small and medium enterprises witnessed less worker participation compared to other days.
“Several units in the ancillary sector operate as a single shift because worker attendance is relatively less today,” said entrepreneur SK Khetan.

Michelle J. Kelley