COVID-19: Odisha invokes ESMA to prohibit strike by sanitation workers

Bhubaneswar: In the wake of coronavirus outbreak, the Odisha Government today invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to prohibit strikes by sanitation workers.

“Government of Odisha hereby prohibit strikes by any agency or group of persons dealing with sanitation work in ULBs of the State and by the casual workers connected with supply and distribution of drinking water in the ULBs. This will be applicable to all the ULBs of the State, PHEO, OWSSB and WATCO,” an official order of the government said.

The order shall remain in force for a period of six months, it added.

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