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CITU Activists Up In Arms Over ESMA Amendment

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.

About Ashok Palit

Ashok Palit has completed his graduation from Upendranath College Soro, Balasore and post graduation from Utkal University in Odia Language and literture.. He has also carved out a niche for himself as a scribe of eminence after joining the profession in 1988. He is also an independent media production professional. He brings loads of experience to Advanced Media, Ashok Palit as a cineaste has been active in film criticism for over three decades. As a film society activist, he soared to eminence for his profound commitment to the art film appreciation and aesthetics of cinema. His mode of discourse is often erudite but always lucid and comprehensible marked by a perfect acumen so rare in the field. A film aesthete with an immense fond of critical sensibilities, he wrote about growth and development of odia cinema in New Indian Express, The Times of India, The Hindustan Times, The Asian Age and Screen. He has been working as an Editor for Cine Samaya from 2002-2004.. He had made solid contribution on cinema in many odia Dailies and weekly such as Samaj, Prajatantra, Dharatri, Samaya, Satabadi, and weekly Samaya.

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