The resident doctors in the national capital has called off their two-day long strike last night, hours after the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government in Delhi invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against them.
The Delhi Government had given a deadline of 11 a.m. (on Tuesday) to all the resident doctors on strike to resume work with immediate effect. When the doctors failed to do so, the city government imposed the Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) to ensure that they do the same.
On Monday, the resident doctors began an indefinite strike here demanding more rooms, cleaner environment, and better salaries and working hours.
The doctors’ association had given June 21 as the deadline to respond to their demands.
Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal appealed to the doctors to resume their duties, and shared his thoughts via a series of tweets.
“We hv agreed to all demands of docs. I personally intervened. Yet they r not calling off strike. Why? What else is left now?”
“Patients suffering.I appeal 2 docs 2 return 2 duty.I am their biggest well wisher.If dey have more demands, v will agree to them also”
“But causing inconvenience to public is wrong. We hv been forced to invoke ESMA”
“If they still don’t return, then in public interest, we will be left wid no option but to take harsh steps”.