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Bharat Bandh on February 16: Will banks be closed tomorrow?

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Bharat Bandh: Amid ongoing farmer protests for laws on minimum support prices (MSPs) and

agricultural reforms

, the

Samyukat Kisna

and the

Kisan Mazdoor Morcha

have jointly called for a

Bharat Bandh

on

February 16

.
According to a report by ET, the nationwide strike could affect many services. Let’s see how you might be impacted by the Gramin Bharat Bandh scheduled for February 16, 2024.
Bank operations on February 16
Currently,

banks

are scheduled to remain open

tomorrow

and operate as usual. The

Reserve Bank of India

‘s holiday matrix also confirms that banks will maintain regular hours.

Bank holidays in February
In February, banks in India will be

closed

for a total of 10 days. These holidays include the second and fourth Saturdays, as well as Sundays. However, it’s worth noting that some holidays are specific to certain states or regions, meaning that only a few states or areas observe bank holidays on those dates.
ALSO READ | Bank holidays in February 2024: Banks will be closed on these dates; check state-wise full list here
Schedule and details of Bharat Bandh
According to news reports, the Bharat Bandh is scheduled to take place from 6:00 AM to 4:00 PM. Farmers intend to organize roadblocks on major routes across the country, leading to the closure of Punjab’s roadways for four hours. This action will disrupt essential services, including the procurement and supply of vegetables and cereals, the ET report said.

The Kisan Mazdoor Morcha and Samyukat Kisna have announced a Bharat Bandh on February 16, 2024, to highlight unfulfilled promises to workers and farmers and advocate for various reforms.
ALSO READ | Bank holidays 2024: Full list of national and state-wise banking holidays here
As per the report, protesters will express their demands and highlight the challenges faced by workers and farmers through street plays, music, and poetry. Additionally, participating government employees and trade unions have announced their intention to abolish the existing pension plan and establish an eighth pay scale commission.
Impact of Gramin Bharat Bandh
It is likely that many private and government offices, along with village shops, will remain closed on Friday. Moreover, transportation services, agricultural activities, rural employment programs under the Mahatma Gandhi National Rural Employment Guarantee Act (MNREGA), and rural industrial and service sector establishments are anticipated to be impacted by these closures.
Services unaffected by the Bharat Bandh
However, essential services such as ambulance operations, medical shops, and schools will continue to operate during the Bharat Bandh on Friday, ensuring that critical services remain accessible to the public.

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