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Dikshit rules out invoking ESMA against docs

Majority of striking doctors are either junior resident doctors or interns, and are not permanent employees of the government.

india Updated: May 18, 2006 12:44 IST

Delhi Chief Minister Sheila Dikshit on Wednesday ruled out invoking Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against striking doctors in the national capital.

"We cannot invoke ESMA in Delhi as a majority of the doctors who are on strike are either junior resident doctors or interns, and are not permanent employees of the government," Dikshit told reporters on the sidelines of a national conclave on 'Globalising Indian Cities: Partnership for Change.'

Asked about the steps being taken by the government to tackle the situation, she said alternative arrangements were being made that included asking retired doctors to help in providing medical services as well as calling back doctors who were on leave.

Meanwhile, Delhi government officials said notices had been served to 600 doctors to resume duty or face action that includes termination of services.

First Published: May 18, 2006 12:44 IST