The Yogi Adityanath government in Uttar Pradesh has extended the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) in the state, banning strikes in public services, corporations and local authorities under it, for a period of six months, said an official spokesperson on Thursday (27 May).
A notification to this effect was issued on Thursday, the spokesperson added.
The Act gives the police powers to arrest, without a warrant, anybody for violating its provisions.
An official statement issued said strikes have been banned with immediate effect in all public services, including corporations and local authorities owned or controlled by the state government.
The Essential Services Maintenance Act, 1966 mandates imprisonment for a term which may extend to a year, or a fine which may extend to Rs 1,000, or both, to any person who instigates a strike which was illegal under the Act.
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