New Delhi: The Delhi government has imposed the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against nearly 15,000 resident doctors who are on strike in the national capital.
The action was taken after the doctors refused to end their strike and report to work despite the Delhi government accepting all demands that they had, reports IBN Live.
Resident doctors have been on an indefinite strike demanding adequate life-saving drugs, security at workplace, fixed duty hours and timely payment of their salaries.
The doctors on strike are from 20 hospitals run by the central and Delhi governments and municipal corporations, including Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital, Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College, and Maulana Azad Medical College.
Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal tweeted, “We have agreed to all demands of doctors… Yet they are not calling off strike… We have been forced to invoke ESMA… If they still don’t return, then in public interest, we will be left with no option but to take harsh steps.