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Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act invoked against striking medical officers

Jul 7, 2014 16:16 IST

State Government of Maharashtra on 5 July 2014 invoked Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2011 against medical officers’, who are on strike since 1 July 2014. In its directive, the government ordered to register cases against those medical officers, if they fail to resume their services by 6 July 2014.

Background
About 5000 medical officers of the state went on strike on 1 July 2014 with a demand of higher pay, permanent status to Ayurveda and dental health officers and fixed duty hours. The striking medical officers included permanent employees, temporary employees and bonded doctors, and this strike crippled health services of the state.

They went on strike under banner of Maharashtra Association of Gazetted Medical Officers Organisation (MAGMO).


Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2011
The Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) 2011 has given authority to police to arrest the doctors without issuing warrants. It states:
• Any police officer can arrest any person without any warrant who is reasonably suspected of having committed any offence under this Act.
• All offences under this Act is non-bailable and can be imprisoned for a term which extends to one year or with fine that extends up to 2 thousand rupees or both.

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