Top officials made to ride bikes to office Top officials including additional collector and many deputy collectors usually come to office in their allotted cars. However, today they were made to ride their bikes to office as their drivers too stayed away from duty. Some officials even had to take lift from other employees to reach office.
Even as the response to the two-day nationwide strike called by central trade unions was near total in the city on the first day on Wednesday, there was literally no effect on the normal life. The government offices and nationalised banks remained closed to protest against the UPA government's economic and labour policies, trains, but buses, autorickshaws and other modes of transport remained unaffected. Employees of the district police superintendent office, regional transport office, city police commissionerate and nationalised banks stayed away from work. Transport services, however, remained unaffected and schools, colleges and markets were open as usual. The strike had no effect on the bus services, MSRTC divisional controller Sanjay Supekar told LT. To avoid inconvenience to public, autorickshaws and taxies also stayed away from the strike, said Nisar Khan, secretary of the Autorickshaw Drivers Association. "Barring Amritsar-Nanded Sachkhand Express, all trains plied as per their schedule. Also, a Kumbha Mela special train today left for Allahabad with thousands of devotees," said station manager A C Nikam. Collectorate wore deserted look The District Collectorate wore a deserted look throughout the day with almost all employees stayed away from duty responding to the nationwide strike call today.
As many as 1,093 employees of the total 1,139 from the collectorate, tehsil offices, sub-divisional offices, Sanjay Gandhi Niradhar Yojna, food grain distribution offices participated in the strike. Only 30 employees reported for duty, which accounts for 2.63 per cent of the total staff. There are 44 gazetted officers (class-2) in the district. Of them, two officers were on leave, while 27 participated in the strike and only 15 reported for duty.
As many as 670 class-3 employees stayed away from work, while 14 were on duty. As many as 13 employees were on leave.
A total of 396 out of 398 class-4 employees participated in the strike, while only one employee was present in the office and one was on leave. Meanwhile, many people who didn't know about the strike had to return disappointed. "As many as 12,000 to 15,000 revenue employees from across Marathwada joined today's strike. In Aurangabad district alone, around 1,500 employees stayed away from work and will do so tomorrow as well," D M Deshpande, executive president of the Revenue Employees Association, said while apologizing to people for the inconvenience caused to them.