COVID-19: Haryana Govt Invokes ESMA, Bans Strike By Healthcare Workers For Six Months

Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was implemented in the state after a group of doctors went on strike to obstruct the prevention of corona, said Anil Vij.

Updated: January 11, 2022 5:58 PM IST

By India.com News Desk | Edited by Sanstuti Nath

हरियाणा के स्वास्थ्य मंत्री अनिल विज (anil vij)
हरियाणा के स्वास्थ्य मंत्री अनिल विज (anil vij)

Chandigarh: Amid the continuous surge in Covid cases across Haryana, the state government on Tuesday banned any kind of strikes by healthcare workers for the next six months, said state Health Minister Anil Vij. Taking to Twitter, the Minister said that Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) was implemented in the state after a group of doctors went on strike to obstruct the prevention of corona.

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“ESMA has been implemented in Haryana, now health workers will not be able to go on strike for 6 months. This step has been taken after a group of doctors went on strike to obstruct the prevention of Carona,” Tweeted Vij.

The move came after the Executive Body of Haryana Civil Medical Service Association today sat on a dharna at Civil Hospital, Sector-6, Panchkula over three demands including formation of specialized cadre and revision of postgraduate policy.

Earlier on Monday, Haryana government banned large congregations such as rallies and protests, and extended existing restrictions including the closure of cinema halls and sports complexes to eight more districts in view of rising covid cases in the state . According to an official order issued by the Haryana State Disaster Management Authority (HSDMA), restrictions will be applicable till 5 am on January 19. “Large congregations like all kinds of public meetings, rallies, protests, dharnas etc shall be prohibited in the state,” said the order.

The eight new districts where the restrictions will be applicable are Sirsa, Rewari, Jind, Fatehabad, Mahendergarh, Kaithal, Bhiwani and Hisar. Earlier, these restrictions were imposed in Karnal, Panipat, Kurukshetra, Yamunanagar, Rohtak Jhajjar, Gurugram, Faridabad, Ambala, Panchkula and Sonipat

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Published Date: January 11, 2022 5:41 PM IST

Updated Date: January 11, 2022 5:58 PM IST