Sambalpur, Sept 2
The lawyers’ strike is in likely to dampen Nuakhai celebrations of state government employees posted in this western Odisha town as they are unlikely to get their salaries before Nuakhai, to be celebrated on September 10.
All government offices in Sambalpur, including that of the RDC and district collector, municipality and other revenue offices and courts, have remained shut since August 20.
“We understand the plight of government employees. But we are left with no option as our agitation has now become a people’s movement. So we appeal to them to cooperate with us by extending their whole-hearted support,” said secretary of Sambalpur Bar Association Siddharth Sahu.
He said though the Central Action Committee (CAC) of western Odisha bar associations decided at its Jharsuguda meeting on Thursday to relax the agitation from September 1 to September 15 in view of Ganesh Puja and Nuakhai, the Sambalpur bar has decided to intensify its agitation by closing down the offices without any break.
“Banks and central government offices will be allowed to operate,” Sahu said.