AP Govt invokes ESMA against junior doctors

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Hyderabad, Dec 19 (UNI) The Andhra Pradesh Government today invoked provisions of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the striking junior doctors for not resuming duty, honouring the Government deadline.

The Government issued GO 423 to invoke the ESMA against the junior doctors, who had boycotted duty since December 14, demanding that the Government provide Special Protection Force (SPF) security at all Government teaching hosptials and arrest those who attacked junior doctors at Nayapool Maternity Government Hosptial immediately.

Despite the Government setting a deadline of today for the junior doctors to resume duty and warning that the ESMA would otherwise be invoked, the agitators were continuing with their stir at all Government teaching hosptials.

Chief Minister Y S Rajasekhara Reddy had yesterday warned that the ESMA would be invoked against junior doctors if they did not resume duty by this morning.


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