Agartala: The ruling BJP-Indigenous Peoples’ Front of Tripura alliance has decided to approve the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) 1968 Act of Parliament for providing necessary services to the common people without any interruptions.
Speaking to reporters at Civil Secretariat, state law minister Ratan Lal Nath said that this act will be executed to ensure the delivery of certain services, which, if obstructed, would affect the normal life of the people. This includes services like public transport, health services, etc.
“Now, If it is found that any particular group of government employees is obstructing public services by affecting the normal life, then the concerned department’s higher official can issue circular notifying that ESMA is established which will seize the decision of that government employees from thwart public services,” he added.
Moreover, if the order is being neglected by any government service holder, then he or she will have to provide special reason for leaving. If the reason is found to be unjustifiable, then there will be jail remand for three years or fine of Rs 10,000 or both, said Nath.
He also added, from now onwards, no government employees can disrupt the public services or call for a movement if the rule is implemented, nor can they take any legal actions against the implementing officer. This act will also give rights to the police in arresting the person without warrant.
He further added, “Once the notification is issued then it would remain applicable for six months, not more than that for the concerned department. If there is necessity then, the re-notification has to be made. Other than government employees, this act would also be applicable for in-charges or particular department of any company who are providing essential services to the common masses.”