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Transport strike affects normal life

Transport strike affects normal life

Thiruvananthapuram: Normal life in the state was affected on Thursday as all means of public transport stayed off the roads in support of a nationwide strike called by unions to protest the proposed road transport bill.

Commuters, office-goers and passengers faced inconvenience as buses, small and medium vehicles, and auto-rickshaws remained off the roads in response to the 24-hour strike.

Although the strike was spontaneous and total, no untoward incident was reported from anywhere, in the state.

The transport workers on Thursday also organised protest rallies across the state to denounce the new transport bill proposed by the central government.

Various other employees unions and professional organisations have extended their support to the strike.

The nationwide 24-hour strike was called jointly by 12 trade unions, including CITU, All India Trade Union Congress, Indian National Trade Union Congress and Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh, to protest the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill, 2014.

Some states apprehend that the proposed Road Transport and Safety Bill would encroach upon their financial, legislative and administrative powers.

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