Shimla: The High Court of Himachal Pradesh has restrained the Himachal Pradesh 108 (emergency ambulance) and 102 Contract Workers Union, Shimla from going on strike. The Court has further directed Deputy Commissioner concerned to convey order to the Union.
The Court also issued notice to the Union. Today during the hearing of petition, it was informed by the petitioner to court that members of the above said union have threatened to go on strike. The court has already directed to provide protection to the petitioner i.e. GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute. A division bench comprising the Chief Justice Mansoor Ahmad Mir and Justice Sandeep Sharma passed these orders on a writ petition filed by GVK Emergency Management & Research Institute.
It has alleged in the petition that the members of the Union are going on strike without giving any notice to the petitioner. Due to geographical conditions and tough terrain, Himachal Pradesh has high accident rate in the country many other precious lives are lost and people suffer disabilities due to lack of timely medical care including those for pregnant women, infants and persons in acute emergencies like strokes, heart attacks, poisoning, burns and snake bites. The state is running an Emergency response system through a public private partnership agreement with GVK-EMRI, an experience entity running the service in the country.
A total of 184 ambulances are on road including 12 backup ambulances the ambulances provide free transportation to the persons requiring immediate care. With a view to provide the emergency medical facilities to the people of the state government entered into a concession agreement with the petitioners. The petitioner has preyed to ensure the safety of workers those are willing to work with the petitioner. Further the petitioner has prayed to direct DGP to restrain the protest/strike. The matter shall be heard on July 4, 2016.
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