Hyderabad: Will the state government enforce the strong handle ESMA (Essential Services Maintenance Act) in the city so that all the services will be functional as usual and without any interruptions, in view of the employees threat of going on a strike?
The ESMA is a rare instrument that the state government has at its disposal to overlook/control the agitators.
On all accounts, in view of the strike threat issued by the Telangana Joint Action Committee leaders from August 1, the N Kiran Kumar Reddy government is likely to use ESMA handle to control the striking employees and ensure that there were no interruptions to the essential services.
According to highly placed government sources, Chief Minister N Kiran Kumar Reddy is left with no option except imposing the ESMA for offering the essential services to the citizens.
In the light of the strike threat, heads of the various Departments are busy preparing contingency plans to make alternative arrangements of taking staff for running all the services, particularly the essential services like medical, sanitation, drinking water and power supply without any break.
At a review meeting attended by Heads of the Departments and chaired by the Chief Minister, a decision was taken by the latter to offer Municipal, sanitation, communications, health, power supply, transport services to the people effectively particularly after August 1, as the protagonists of Telangana seek to launch their ‘civil disobedience’ campaign.
The Heads of the Departments were instructed to similarly to ensure coal production at Singareni Collieries in Khammam district, power generation at all the hydro-electric projects and run the transport services without disturbances by the Chief Minister.
Mr Kiran Kumar Reddy also left clear directions to the officers for running all educational institutions, offices specifically pension, fee, scholarship payments, stocking and supply of drugs, remittances at stamps and registration offices as stipulated.
These instructions given by the Chief Minister will be applicable to all other officers manning Excise, Income Tax, Mines and Forest Departments so that payments and receipts go on without break.
Proper security arrangements will be made to those attending to their duties.
Wherever necessary, services of the retired employees will be requisitioned to run the show and without compromising on quality.
Chief Secretary S V Prasad, Chief Minister’s Special Secretary J Satyanarayana, Special Chief Secretary (Health) G Sudhir, GHMC Commissioner M T Krishna Babu, APSRTC Managing Director B Prasad Rao, AP GENCO MD Ajay Jain, AP Transco MD Vijayanand, Metro Water Works MD Jagadishwar and other Heads of Departments participated in the meeting.(INN)