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Maharashtra invokes MESMA barring power cos' employees from joining strike

The Maharashtra government on Sunday invoked the Maharashtra Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) barring employees of state-run electricity companies from joining the nationwide protest.

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Ahead of the two-day nationwide strike called by trade unions on March 28-29, the government on Sunday invoked the Essential Services Maintenance Act (MESMA) barring employees of state-run electricity companies from joining the protest.

Power Minister Nitin Raut confirmed the invocation of MESMA.

According to government sources, electricity consumption in Maharashtra has already gone up at present and there is also a coal shortage in the state.

Staging a strike at this juncture will cause inconvenience to farmers, industries and the people in general, the sources said.

The government has so far ensured that there is no load shedding in Maharashtra despite the coal shortage and financial concerns. However, if the strike happens at this juncture, it will result in load shedding.

The government does not want this to happen. People should not be inconvenienced and hence, MESMA has been invoked in the state today, the minister said.

Sources also said that the government is open to talking with representatives of unions of employees attached to the state's power companies like Maharashtra State Power Generation Company, Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company and Maharashtra State Electricity Transmission Company over their concerns.

The employees are against the alleged privatisation of power companies in the state and, therefore, want to join the nationwide strike called by the trade unions.

Issues can be resolved through dialogue. Why go on strike then? the sources asked.

(Only the headline and picture of this report may have been reworked by the Business Standard staff; the rest of the content is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

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First Published: Mon, March 28 2022. 07:42 IST