Essential Services Maintenance Act : ESMA invoked in Chhattisgarh
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The Chhattisgarh government on April 16, 2021, invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act ( ESMA ) due to a major spike in coronavirus cases.
The ESMA order prohibits refusal to work in essential services and it applies to all healthcare professionals including doctors , nurses and health workers across all government and private health Institutions and sanitation workers.
What is ESMA ?
The Essential Services Maintenance Act ( ESMA ) came in to being in 1968.
The ESMA is a law made by the parliament of India under list No. 33 in Concurrent List of 7th Schedule of Constitution of India.
Each state government has a separate state Essential Services Maintenance Act with slight variations from the central law in its provisions.
Services which covered under the ESMA :
Any service in any defence establishment of Government of India.
Any postal, telephone service or telegraph.
Any railway services, any services in any mint or security press.
Any services in connection with the affairs of the Union.