Govt may invoke ESMA to prevent strikes

Our Bureau Hyderabad | Updated on July 20, 2011 Published on July 20, 2011

The Andhra Pradesh Government may consider invoking the provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to deal with strikes and agitations and to ensure that there is no disruption to normal work.

Faced with the prospect of agitations and stir threat notices by the State Government employees belonging to the Telangana region, stir threat from the coal miner Singareni Collieries Company Ltd., the Andhra Pradesh Chief Minister, Mr N.Kiran Kumar Reddy, has thrown hints that the State could consider invoking provisions of ESMA to maintain peace and also to ensure normal work is not disrupted.

At a high powered meeting today, the Chief Minister called upon top brass to ensure that the essential services are not disrupted. Heads of several departments coming under the essential services were directed to issue notifications to ban strikes for six months period. Already AP Transco, AP Genco and SCCL have been notified about the ban order.

The administration was also called upon to prepare a plan of action to ensure there is no disruption to normal delivery of essential services.

The Chairman and Managing Director of SCCL, Mr S. Narsing Rao, was directed to ensure that coal production is not affected due to agitations and miners abstaining from work. The review also covered income generating departments such as excise, commercial axes, stamps and registration, transport, mining and geology.

Published on July 20, 2011
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