A 12-hour general strike, called by the Left parties to protest demonetisation, did not afect industrial and manufacturing activities across sectors in Bengal, industry players said on Monday.
From plantation industries like jute and tea to collieries to small manufacturing sector to logistics, attendance of workers remained “normal” and production was not “halted”, they said.
Opposing the strike, manufacturers of small and medium enterprises said it would practically delay the gradual stabilisation process which was started after two weeks of demonetisation.
“We have not taken the strike on a good spirit. The small industries, particularly those directly linked to the consumer products, have been suffering from lowering sales, resulting from demonetisation move. But we hope the move would usher a positive gain in the long run. But the strike is of no help,” Federation of Small & Medium Industries’ President Biswanath Bhattacharya said
Tea gardens in North Bengal remained open without any unwanted incidents. Likewise, daily operations in 90 odd jute mills were also normal.