PANAJI: Goa government today assured to maintain proper law and order in the state during the strike called by various trade unions tomorrow against changes in labour laws.
"We are prepared to ensure that the law and order situation is under control. No one would be allowed to force anyone to strike. If someone goes on strike, we will not force them too," Chief Minister Laxmikant Parsekar told reporters.
Adequate police protection would be provided to those who do not want to join the protest, he said.
The strike is related to the issue which is not state specific, Parsekar said.
"Actually there was no need for a strike in Goa. The strike is an injustice to the state's population," he said.
The CM said that the state is getting ready for the Ganesh Chaturthi festival, and one-day strike will cause inconvenience to many people.
As many as 12 central trade unions had earlier given the strike call over a 12-point charter of demands, including withdrawal of the proposed anti-worker amendments in labour laws and stopping disinvestment and privatisation of PSUs.
The Bharatiya Mazdoor Sangh (BMS) later pulled out saying the government needed to be given time to fulfil its promises on the basic demands. The National Front of Indian Trade Unions will also stay out.