Resident doctors call off their two-day long strike as Delhi govt invokes ESMA

Striking government resident doctors in Delhi

New Delhi, June 24: The resident doctors have called off their two-day long strike on Tuesday night, hours after Delhi government invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against them.

According to reports, the Delhi Government had given a deadline of 11 a.m. (on Tuesday) to all the resident doctors on strike to resume work with immediate effect. When the doctors failed to do so, the government imposed the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to ensure that they do the same.

Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal had also warned the striking government resident doctors of “harsh steps” after they decided to continue with their agitation even after the government accepted their all demands.

Kejriwal wrote in a series of tweets on Twitter: “We have agreed to all demands of docs. I personally intervened. Yet they are not calling off strike. Why? What else is left now? (sic).”

He further wrote: “If they (doctors) still don’t return, then in public interest, we will be left with no option but to take harsh steps.”

Earlier on Tuesday, Delhi Health Minister Satyendra Jain said: “We accepted the resident doctors’ 19 demands, but they want the Central government and the MCD to accept them now. However, we have asked them to get back to work by 11 a.m. today. All the relevant information been put on social media sites.”

On Monday, the resident doctors began an indefinite strike here demanding more rooms, cleaner environment, and betterĀ salaries and working hours.

The doctors’ association had given June 21 as the deadline to respond to their demands.

(With Agency Inputs)

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