The Government of Haryana has invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1974, prohibiting for the next six months doctors affiliated to the Haryana Civil Medical Services Association to go on a strike.
“In exercise of powers conferred by sub-section (1) of Section 4-A of the Haryana Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1974 (Act 40 of 1974), the Governor of Haryana hereby prohibits any strike in the aforesaid department for a period of six months from the date of publication of this order in the official gazette,” Chief Secretary DS Dhesi said in a notification.
The notification came in the wake of Haryana Civil Medical Services Association announcing to observe a two-hour strike on September 11, shutdown of Out Patient Department services on September 13 and a complete shutdown of health services, including emergency services, from September 14.
The government has also invited the striking doctors, who are protesting against the government’s failure to issue a notification to enable the doctors in rural areas to avail themselves of its benefit under the quota in admission to PG courses last year, for talks on September 12.
The Haryana Civil Medical Services Association has said the talks would further decide their future course of action. Meanwhile, Haryana’s Health Minister Anil Vij has said the demands of the doctors were not justified.