Subarnapur: A 12-hour bandh called by the locals demanding filling up of vacant doctor posts in different hospitals in the region has crippled normal life in Binika town in Subarnapur district from this morning.
Educational institutions and business establishments have remained closed today following the dawn-to-dusk bandh.
Vehicular traffic on the roads has come to a grinding halt as protesters staged road blockade and resorted to picketing from early morning.
“There are no doctors at various health care facility centres in the area like Binika CHC and primary health centres at Bankighrdi, Sankara and Mahapali, following which health services in our area have been badly affected,” said protestors.
They also warned to intensify the protest if their demands are not met at the earliest.
Meanwhile, Binika Block Journalists’ association has been on dharana at the block headquarter since August 6 to press their demand of filling up of vacant doctor posts in these hospitals.
Members of bar association, Durga Puja Committee, student bodies and other organisations have also extended their support to the bandh call.
Notably, BJP and Congress had observed 12-hour bandh at Binika separately on August 11 and August 13 respectively for the same.