Sambalpur, Feb 8:
A 12-member delegation of the Central Action Committee (CAC) of All Western Odisha Bar Association (AWOBA) will hold a meeting with Law minister Maheswar Mohanty tomorrow evening, CAC sources revealed on Saturday.
The CAC, which met in the afternoon to take a stand on the government’s invite, decided to meet the minister tomorrow and also decided to go on a relay hunger strike instead of the present fast unto death.
It may be noted that the special secretary, Law, had faxed an invitation for the talks to the AWOBA on Friday evening.
Five CAC core committee members led by CAC convener Ashok Dash are on an indefinite hunger strike in front of the office of Revenue Divisional Commissioner (North) here since February 5 to build up pressure on the state government.
Meanwhile, lawyers in Sambalpur continued with their agitation today to press their demand for a comprehensive and detailed proposal of the state government to the Centre on setting up a High Court bench in Western Odisha.
Financial institutions, including nationalized and private banks and insurance offices, continued to down their shutters for the second successive day in response to the call given by Sambalpur District Bar Association (SDBA).
The lawyers picketed in front of the financial institutions and insurance offices across Sambalpur town today. They had decided to close down the banks for three days on February 7, 8 and 10.
The lawyers’ strike has virtually both State and Central Government offices, besides courts across the region since February 3.
The CAC had taken a decision to paralyze functioning of the government offices across the region during the ongoing Assembly session till February 13.
The Committee is demanding that the state government should send a comprehensive plan for early establishment of the High Court bench.
Members of Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) and Aganwadi workers have lent their support to the striking lawyers by participating in the dharna demanding for a High Court bench in Western Odisha.
The agitation has also affected functioning of both state and Central government offices besides judiciary in Jharsuguda, Bargarh, Deogarh and Sundargarh districts.