Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Esma Act On Railway Strike In Mumbai

To bring the rail strike that has paralyzed the life in Mumbai for the  last two days to an end, Central Railway  has suspended 20 of the striking motormen. The motormen went on an  indefinite strike since Monday asking for enhanced wages and other  facilities. They showed no sign of ending the strike that brought the  train transport of Mumbai city to a screeching halt. The Railways has  termed the strike as illegal.

At the same time, Union Home Secretary G K Pillai wrote to chief  secretaries of all the states to review the situation. "The chief  secretaries have been asked to see whether there is a necessity to  invoke the provisions of ESMA to ensure restoration of services so that  general public is not put to inconvenience,"an official spokesperson  said.

"In order to enable the IT industry to function  in an uninterrupted manner, the government hereby reiterates and  reaffirms that IT software industry including IT services, software and  IT enabled services in the information and communications technology sector is an essential service under Andhra Pradesh Essential Services  Maintenance Act 1971."

"It certainly improves the comfort levels for the  industry," said Ms Ratna Prabha, principal secretary of the IT and  communications department.

"They can demand security from the police and transport  facility even during disturbances as the new order allows 24/7  functioning."

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