"The ban will be applicable to all services in universities, constituent colleges and affiliate colleges," said an official release.
After ban on Tobacco in offices, newly formed Uttar Pradesh Government led by Chief Minister Yogi Adityanath has now put a ban on strikes by employees in universities and colleges. The government, in an order issued on Friday, barred teachers from strike till June 30 under the stringent Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA). ESMA gives police the powers to arrest, without a warrant, anybody violating the Act’s provisions. A government order said that any strike in these higher education institutions will remain banned “in public interest” for a period of three months till June 30.
The decision has been taken keeping in mind the busy academic calendar as a number examinations are scheduled in these three months. “The ban will be applicable to all services in universities, constituent colleges and affiliate colleges,” according to an official release here.
The state of Uttar Pradesh has around 30 state universities, besides 25 private and 10 deemed varsities. With the decision, employees in “essential services” are now prohibited from going on strike. Under the act, states are allowed to choose the essential services on which ESMA can be invoked.
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As per provisions under ESMA, any person taking part in a strike shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term of up to six months. Any person who instigates a strike shall be punishable with imprisonment for a term of upto one year, as per provisions of the 1968 Act.
After taking over as the chief minister of Uttar Pradesh, Adityanath has hit the ground running. Earlier, the CM had advised against the use of pan masala, plastic and pan in government buildings and offices said the deputy chief minister, Keshav Prasad Maurya. Adityanath has also directed the officials to maintain cleanliness in the state government offices of Uttar Pradesh, said the deputy CM.