The central trade unions commenced their strike on Friday to protest against 'anti-labour policies' of the government. The nationwide strike called by 10 trade unions has received mix response across the country. While some states have been adversely affected; the impact on others states has been minimal.
The 'Bharat Bandh' has affected essential services like banking and transport across different parts of the country. Private sector banks, however, can be accessed by the general public and ATMs are operational.
In Delhi and Mumbai, public transport remains unaffected. There has been no affect on availability of power supply or water supply.
The strike to oppose the government's labour laws and to demand better wages has brought Kerala to a standstill.
It is the worst-hit state with all government offices, schools and colleges remaining closed and all public transport unavailable.
In Karnataka too, schools and colleges are closed whereas public transport has been partially hit.
Meanwhile, in West Bengal reports of clashes have come between the ruling TMC government and the Left Trade Unions.
Mamata Banerjee's government in West Bengal has not supported the strike. All public offices and factories are operational and public transport has been minutely hit.
In Uttar Pradesh, over 18 lakh state government employees have joined the 'Bharat Bandh' in order to protest against disparities in the pay commission recommendations.
Banking operations in Telangana have seen a massive slowdown as over 15,000 bank employees actively participated in the strike.
Government's appeal to call off the strike was rejected by trade unions including the All India Trade Unions Congress and Centre of Indian Trade Unions. The country wide strike was called as the government failed to meet their demands.