The Karnataka government has given nod to all district education officials to decide and declare two-day holidays for schools and colleges owing to Karnataka bus strike from midnight Sunday for two days. But COMEDK said the second round of counselling scheduled for Tuesday for engineering aspirants will be held as per schedule.
While the talks are still open, the government has asked Deputy Commissioners to announce holidays, based on the situation and Bengaluru district Comissioner V. Shankar has already announced a two-day holiday for schools and colleges in Bengaluru.
The tests and exams scheduled for Monday and Tuesday have been postponed. Bangalore University has also postponed all its undergraduate and postgraduate exams scheduled for Monday.
The strike is likely to affect transportation in the state of Karnataka as 23,000 buses will go off the roads due to strike call given by BMTC, KSRTC employees seeking 15% hike in DA while the government was willing to give only 10%.
In order to face the situation, Namma Metro will increase the frequency in its trains to 6 minutes on Monday, while private buses and cabs will be allowed in the city today. Other state RTCs have been asked to run more buses connecting destinations within Karnataka. In Bangalore, carpooling is suggested tomorrow for all office-goers.
Meanwhile, Belagavi Deputy Commissioner N. Jayaram has reportedly declared a holiday for all schools and colleges in the district for one day, Monday, while Koppal too declared similar holiday for Monday. However, Shivamogga, Hassan, Davangere and Chitradurga have not (NOT) declared a holiday still.