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About Essential Services Maintenance Act

Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) is an Indian act that allows the Government to take action on Government employees who go on strike without attending emergency essential services.

Essential Services Maintenance Act in News

Government invokes ESMA as doctors stage strike at Gandhi hospital
Talks to continue on Thursday

Health Minister Azad asks striking doctors in Rajasthan to resume work
Health and Family Welfare Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad has asked the agitating doctors of government hospitals to resume work as they continue to strike demanding parity in pay and allowances with their counterparts in the central medical services.

Doctors strike in Rajasthan claims 51 lives
Atleast 51 deaths have been reported from various parts of Rajasthan, as the doctors strike entered its sixth day in the state.

Onion traders in Delhi go on indefinite strike against raids
Onion traders in Delhi announced an indefinite strike from Wednesday to protest raids on their premises in the wake of spiralling onion prices.

Nurses in Bhopal ask for better wages
Around 2,500 nurses in government hospitals of Madhya Pradesh struck work on Monday, demanding a hike in salary and improvement in working conditions, even as the State government invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) on nursing services for three months.

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