Bhubaneswar: In view of Bharat Bandh call given by farmer unions on September 27, 2021, the State Government has issued detailed guidelines for its employees at major offices in Bhubaneswar.
Special Secretary of Home Department, Santosh Bala has advised all Secretaries to ask their officers and employees working at the Lok Seva Bhawan, Kharavela Bhawan, Rajiv Bhawan and the Heads of Department Building to reach office by 9.30 am on September 27 to facilitate their smooth entry.
This direction was issued as the government apprehended that the protestors may stop vehicular traffic, rail traffic and close down business establishments and picket before government offices, banks and educational institutions.
As part of precautionary measures, the front gates of the Lok Seva Bhawan will be closed at 10:15 am on that day 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, Dr.Bala said.
“Security check of identity cards and passes of the employees and visitors will be intensified. Travelling in a vehicle having a car pass will not be permitted without valid authority for entry,” the letter read.
Entry of visitors to these office buildings will be restricted on the strike day. Persons having prior appointment, whose business is pressing and immediate will be given entry passes on the recommendations of the concerned department by the Special Secretary, Home department. The visitors will leave immediately after the meeting, she mentioned.
All the employees have been advised to remain in their seats and attend to their duties without undue movement.
Demanding scrapping of three farm laws brought by the Modi government, Samyukt Kisan Morcha (SKM), an umbrella organization of over 40 farm unions spearheading the farmers’ agitation, has given the call for Bharat Bandh this September 27. Congress and left parties have extended their support for the strike. The All India Bank Officers’ Confederation (AIBOC) has also supported the Bandh.