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    The Indian Government has called on the territorial army to run essential services in the northern, western and south-eastern districts of the country, following an illegal strike by about 30,000 engine drivers, firemen and other employees of the state-owned railway.

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    The Indian Government has called on the territorial army to run essential services in the northern, western and south-eastern districts of the country, following an illegal strike by about 30,000 engine drivers, firemen and other employees of the state-owned railway.

    Trained railwaymen in the territorial force, which is mobilished in emergencies, were expected to have reported for duty by Tuesday (29 May). The railwaymen are striking in support of demands for better working conditions and increased food rations.

    The Government on Saturday (26 May) invoked the Defence of India Rules, making industrial action by national railway workers illegal for six months. The strike, and work-to-rule action which preceded it, has halted the movement of urgent supplies to drought-hit areas.

    India is facing mounting economic problems and there are shortages of essential commodities, including grain, water, petroleum products, cement, steel and coal, in many areas. In some towns there have been demonstrations against rising prices, and shops have been looted.

    SYNOPSIS: In India, thirty-thousand employees of the state railways have gone on strike, disrupting supplies to areas suffering from famine and drought. The railwaymen are demanding better working conditions and increased food rations.

    Thousands of travellers who depend on India's extensive rail network have been stranded. The Indian Government has declared all industrial action by the railman illegal for six months. The territorial army has been called out to run essential services until the strikers return to work.

    Fare money is being returned to passengers who booked tickets before the rail strike began on Saturday. The stoppage is aggravating shortages of essential commodities in many areas. India is facing mounting economic problems, and in some towns there have been demonstrations against rising prices and food shortages.

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    Film ID:
    VLVA7C17JZIXSKC7NUOJSSHGZAS44
    Media URN:
    VLVA7C17JZIXSKC7NUOJSSHGZAS44
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    29/05/1973
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:00:53:00
    Time in/Out:
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    Canister:
    N/A

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