The nearly 23,000-strong government bus fleet in Karnataka stayed off the roads Monday due to an indefinite strike by employees of the state transport department.
The protesting staff are demanding a 35-per cent salary hike. With the State Transport Employees Union rejecting a government offer for a 10-per cent raise, the strike is expected to continue Tuesday.
Like Monday, the state has declared a holiday for schools and colleges Tuesday as well.
As many as 100 government buses were attacked by miscreants on Monday. Private buses were allowed to operate under police protection.
Transport Minister Ramalinga Reddy said the government was ready to talk to the transport union if it was willing to call off the strike.