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Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure there is no disruption in ambulance services, the Odisha government on Monday decided to apply the Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) to prohibit any strike in 108/102 Medical Ambulance Services across the state.
In a release issued by the Home Department, the state government said that it is necessary to prohibit strikes in the form of cessation of work by workers engaged in emergency Medical Ambulance Services run either by the Government or through an agency engaged for the purpose so that the healthcare delivery system in the State is not affected/disrupted.
The order said that as per Section 2 (b) of the Act, strike means the cessation of work by a body of persons employed/engaged in any essential services acting in combination or a concerted refusal or a refusal under a common understanding of any number of persons who are or have been so employed/engaged to continue to work or to accept employment and includes unauthorised absence from duty in pursuance of a common understanding among the persons who unauthorizedly absent themselves from duty or under the direction of any other person or persons.
“Now therefore, in exercise of the power conferred by sub-section (1) of Section-3 read with Section – 2 of the Orissa Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1988 (Orissa Act 9 of 1992), the State Government do hereby prohibit strikes in the cessation of work by the workers/crew members engaged for running emergency Medical Ambulance Service run by the Government either by itself or through any agency including 108/102 Ambulance Services,” added the notification.
The order shall remain in force for a period of six months with effect from August 1, 2017.