Rajasthan: A notification was issued by senior deputy secretary of the home department Bhawani Shankar under the Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act 1970 (RESMA) asserting that all the employees working under such emergency services inclusive of all types of medical and toll-free medical consultation services will be barred from going on strikes.
According to the notification issued, all emergency medical assistance which have been declared as essential services for a tenure of six months from 14th March last year in the wake of this unprecedented crisis of Covid-19 in the state, which has been extended from September 2020 till March 2021 but again it has been extended for further six months till 14th September 2021.
It has been asserted by the senior deputy secretary of the home department Bhawani Shankar the order was issued notifying the restrictions imposed so that the general public doesn’t suffer in a prevailing Covid-19 crisis. Further, the order has been extended imposing restrictions under Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure 1973 (CrPC) in 33 districts till 21st March. All the doctors, nurses, para-medical staff, ambulance drives and other medical staff falls within the purview of the said Act.
The Rajasthan Essential Services Maintenance Act 1970 (RESMA) provide for maintenance of certain essential services in Rajasthan and for matters connected therewith. It also empowers the State government to prohibit strike in certain employment in the regard of public interest. As per Section 4(1)(a) of the Act no person employed in any essential service shall go or remain on strike. Further the Act also states the penalty for illegal strikes where the person shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term which may extend to six months or fine which may extend to two hundred rupees or with both. It also empowers the police officer to arrest the person involved in or reasonably suspected of having committed an offence punishable under the said Act.