Authorities to invoke ESMA to deal with doctor’s strike
Srinagar: Jammu and Kashmir Government has decided to invoke Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to deal with the strike called by the doctors in various health institutions of the State, a statement said on Wednesday.
“The Government can’t allow the hapless patients to suffer and in order to ensure that there is no disruption of healthcare services, it has been decided that ESMA would be invoked to deal with the strike called by the medicos,” quoting a senior officer in the Health and Medical Education Department , the statement said.
He said ensuring adequate healthcare services has become more imperative especially in view of the flood alert sounded by the government due to inclement weather conditions.
The Essential Services Maintenance (ESMA) is an act of Indian Parliament which was established to ensure the delivery of certain services, which if obstructed would affect the normal life of the people. This include services like public transport (bus services), health services (doctors and hospitals). The ESMA is a law made by the Parliament of India; but the discretion on the execution of it mostly lies with the State governments.