The Bharat Bandh called by the Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), a coalition of farmers’ unions, to mark the first anniversary of the enactment of the three agricultural laws began at 6 a.m. on Monday. The coordinating body of more than 40 farmers’ unions has assured that the 10-hour Bharat Bandh will be applied in a voluntary and peaceful manner. The SKM issued detailed guidelines and urged everyone to join the strike.
What will be closed during Bharat Bandh?
All government and private offices, schools and other educational establishments, shops, industries and commercial establishments, as well as public events and functions, will be closed throughout the country during Bharat Bandh, SKM said.
What will be exempt?
All emergency establishments and essential services, including hospitals, medical stores, first aid and rescue services, and people dealing with personal and medical emergencies, will be allowed to work.
Will public and private transport be allowed?
Public and private transport will not be allowed to travel on the roads and no public service will be allowed. However, emergency services, including ambulances and firefighters, will be allowed to operate. Odisha State Road Transport Corporation (OSRTC) bus services will remain suspended during the national strike.
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Will banks be affected?
The All India Bank Officers ‘Confederation has supported Bharat Bandh’s appeal and said it will join the farmers’ protest in solidarity.
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Will there be protest rallies?
Central unions will hold a protest rally at Jantar Mantar in New Delhi on Monday at 11 a.m. Several bars and local units of the All India Lawyers’ Union have also provided support to Bharat Bandh.
Have the police issued a notice?
Haryana Police issued a notice on Sunday and said people could face traffic blockages on various roads and highways in the state during Bharat Bandh. Delhi Police have deployed additional personnel to border areas in the nation’s capital and stepped up patrols. Delhi police tweeted on Monday that the movement of vehicles from Uttar Pradesh to Ghazipur state’s border with the national capital had been stopped.