All schools in Bengaluru will remain shut on Tuesday and Wednesday in the light of the All India general strike called by central and local trade unions. Bengaluru District Commissioner BM Vijay Shankar on Monday afternoon made a formal announcement to the effect.
"BMTC buses are used as school buses, by various schools in the city. In view of this, a two-day holiday has been declared for all schools in Bengaluru in order to avoid any inconvenience," the Bengaluru DC said.
Earlier in the day, the management of private schools had already declared that schools will remain shut fearing inconvenience to students and parents. Instead, some private schools will hold classes on Saturday 12 to compensate for the loss of a working day.
The strike has also prompted district commissioners of Chamarajanagar, Dharwad, Mandya, Mysuru and Chitradurga to order the closure of educational institutions in their respective districts for Tuesday as of now.
The Pre-University Department has also reportedly rescheduled preparatory exams for PU-II students. Examinations at Bangalore University, Rajiv Gandhi University of Health Sciences, VTU and other universities have also been postponed.
The strike is expected to disrupt public transport in Bengaluru and the rest of Karnataka between 6 am and 6 pm. Except for Namma Metro, all forms of public transport run by state-run transport (bus) corporations – BMTC, KSRTC, NWKRTC, NEKRTC – are likely to be hit as workers affiliated to multiple unions voiced their support to the call for bandh.
The strike is being supported by All India Trade Union Congress (AITUC), Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU), Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC), Self Employed Women’s Association (SEWA) and Labour Progressive Federation (LPF), among others, following the National Convention of Workers held on September 28.