UP Govt invokes ESMA against striking doctors
The doctors refused to work in OPDs to protest police lathicharge in Mumbai.india Updated: May 21, 2006 22:38 IST
The Uttar Pradesh government on Sunday invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against doctors opposed to reservation and declared their strike illegal.
The services of Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) doctors, who did not return to their duties within 24 hours, would be terminated and legal action would be taken against them, Chief Secretary Navin Chandra Bajpai said.
Action will be taken against them under the provisions of ESMA if they do not report for duty, he said.
He warned the striking doctors that the government would not tolerate denial of admission to patients.
The striking doctors, however, remained adamant and said that they will not work in OPDs to protest the lathicharge on their colleagues in Mumbai.
"We are against any move to impose OBC quota and we condemn the brutal lathicharge on our colleagues in Mumbai. We will not work in OPDs to mark our protest," said Himanshu Goel, an office bearer of the resident doctors association of SGPGIMS.
Students of King George Medical University, who were wearing black badges to extend their moral support to the anti-quota stir, however, have decided not to go on strike.