Chandigarh: Haryana Roadways employees on Tuesday went on a day-long strike in protest against the State government’s decision to introduce 700 private buses in the State.

Nearly 4,000 buses in Haryana remained off roads, hitting inter-State and intra-State services.

Employees under the banner of Haryana Roadways Karamchari Joint Action Committee have been holding protests at several places against the State government. They said they would not allow the State government to launch 700 private buses in the State as it would lead to privatisation of the transport department.

They also said that the government should instead increase the number of buses under the roadways department.

Police personnel was deployed at several bus stands in Haryana to prevent any untoward incident in the wake of the day-long strike.

The workers are demanding a withdrawal of the proposed Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill 2018, a cancellation in a hike in insurance premium and a  restriction in a price hike of petroleum products.

The Motor Vehicle Amendment Bill has been passed by the Lok Sabha, and now Rajya Sabha needs to give its nod. The Bill proposes to allow private players to enter the public transport arena in a big way and allow the Centre to take away certain powers of the State governments.