Bhubaneswar: 25/11/20;Demanding withdrawal of the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), members of Centre of Indian Trade Unions (CITU) on Wednesday staged a protest at the Master Canteen area in the Capital city.
Police took hundreds of protestors near lower PMG while they were marching in a bid to gherao the State Legislative Assembly.
Odisha Essential Services Amendment Bill 2020 was passed in the State Assembly on November 23 amid protests from the opposition BJP and Congress legislators.
According to the amended bill, State Government employees engaged in delivery of essential services will now face disciplinary action if they participate in any ‘illegal’ strike.
“We demand immediate withdrawal of ESMA. The workers have the constitutional right to staging protests. Government will come and go, but the workers will remain forever. No government could bar them from their lawful rights,” said CPM leader JanardanPati.