Bhubaneswar: The Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) today decided to halt bus services for tomorrow in view of the nationwide strike call given by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM). The OSRTC said its bus services will be off the roads in the State from 6 AM to 3 PM on September 27.
The Samyukt Kisan Morcha is an umbrella organization of over 40 farm unions spearheading the farmers’ agitation in the country.
The Odisha unit of the Congress will also support the ‘Bharat Bandh’ call by the farmers’ associations. CPI, RJD, Samajwadi Party and NCP and Left parties has also extended their support for the strike.
Meanwhile, the Odisha government has asked its employees of major offices in Bhubaneswar to reach office by 9.30 am on that day.
As a precautionary measure, the front gates of the Lok Seva Bhawan (State Secretariat) will be closed at 10.15 AM on September 27 and all the passage will be regulated through rear gates. However, the connecting gate between the Red Building and Main Lok Seva Bhawan will remain open.
The government has restricted entry of visitors to these above office buildings on the strike day. Persons having prior appointment and have urgent meetings will be given entry passes on the recommendations of the department concerned by the Special Secretary, Home. The visitors will leave immediately after the meeting.
All the employees have been advised to remain in their seats and attend to their duties without undue movement.