Odisha clamps ESMA to ensure uninterrupted ambulance services in state


Bhubaneswar: In a bid to ensure the emergency ambulance services work being uninterrupted, the State Government today clamped prohibition on employees to participate in dharnas or strikes under the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA).

The ESMA is an act of Parliament of India which was established to ensure the delivery of certain services, which if obstructed would affect the normal life of the people

The act has been clamped for a six months period with effect from August 1, ensuring that the healthcare delivery system is not affected.

ESMA, with effect from tomorrow imposes restrictions over workers to carry out agitations and cease work, who are engaged in the emergency healthcare ambulance services either run by government or through agencies on PPP mode.

“In exercise of the power conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 3, 2 of Orissa Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1988 (Orissa Act 9 of 1992), the state government prohibits the cessation of work by workers/ crew members engaged for running medical ambulance service including 108 and 102 ambulance services,” read a notification issued by Special Secretary to Government Lalit Das.

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