Kalahandi district observed a bandh on Wednesday in response to a call given by unemployed CT, BEd trained youths protesting against the policy to recruit Sikhya Sahayaks at the state level instead of localised district level recruitment. The bandh call was supported by the Congress, BJP and several other outfits like traders, citizen forum etc.

Agitators resorted to road blockade and picketing in different places of the district. Vehicular traffic was disrupted, shops and businesses remained closed. Youth of Kalahandi should be recruited as sikshya karmies when the induction takes place here.

Those from outside the district should not be entertained, said the agitators. The agitators are demanding that local candidates should be provided employment first then others should be considered. Police detained 40 youths. There was no untoward incident during the bandh.

There are 1600 posts of Sikhya Sahayaks to be posted in the primary schools of Kalahandi in different categories , for which 3834 candidates have been shortlisted. The verification dates were fixed for on Wednesday.