Haryana invokes Essential Services Continuation Act and declares doctors’ strike illegal

January 11, 2022 9:50 p.m. STI

Panchkula (Haryana) [India]Jan 11 (ANI): The government of Haryana on Tuesday invoked the Essential Services Continuation Act (ESMA) banning any form of employee strike for six months due to protests by government doctors against their demands in the context of the COVID-19 pandemic.
The move by the government comes after government doctors in different districts staged a protest demanding the training of specialist cadres, the revision of postgraduate policy and a halt to direct recruitment for the position of chief medical officers.
Earlier today, the executive body of the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association sat on a dharna at the Civil Hospital, Sector 6, Panchkula.
The state government agreed to one of their demands when Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar approved the establishment of a specialist cadre position for MD or MS doctors.
“Accommodating one of the main demands of the doctors alluding to the strike, Chief Minister M. L. Khattar gives his approval in principle to the creation of a specialist post for MD or MS doctors. Doctors will not receive any administrative work and will practice in their relevant specialty,” the Directorate of Information, Public Relations and Language Department, Haryana said in a tweet earlier today.

“The landmark decision will also benefit patients as they will get specialist consultation and doctors will be able to closely monitor and manage the operation of hospitals,” he added.
The Chief Minister said the government is committed to the welfare of doctors.
Earlier in the day, the state’s health minister, Anil Vij, said the government had invoked ESMA to ban the health workers’ strike for six months due to the COVID-19 pandemic. In progress.
ESMA allows the government to declare a strike illegal in the public interest.
“ESMA has been invoked in Haryana, now for six months health workers will not be able to go on strike. This action was taken as a group of doctors went on strike, which creates obstacles to measures taken to contain the COVID surge,” Vij said in a statement. (ANI)

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