Following a cabinet meeting on June 1, the government restored its No-Strike policy in the realm of critical services. The government recently published an amended list of vital services in the Gazette, which now includes internet services. The provision of telecommunications services was already on the agenda.
Previously, the federal government’s No-Strike policy included 22 categories of critical services. The remaining three have now been added to ensure that services continue to flow through the lockout. The Department of Consular Services and the Department of Passport, as well as internet service, are among the newly added services.
The government used the powers granted by Section 3 (1) of the Essential Services Operation Act of 1957 to enact the strike prohibition.
The Internet is more important than ever before.
Since last year’s lockout, the demand for internet has increased dramatically. We’ve returned to the online media while we recover from the second wave of lockdown.
Previously, internet access was not considered a necessary service. However, the government has included the internet as one of them, ensuring that the broadband service remains operational.
People have been compelled to work from home, schedule business meetings, and even conduct training or workshops online due to a series of lockdowns. Furthermore, online classes, internet browsing, and gaming to pass the time have made the internet an essential part of people’s daily lives. The government’s most recent move ensures that internet services will not be disrupted by strikes.
Since June 1, the law has been in effect. The order forbids any strike or action that disrupts the flow of production, transportation, or delivery of the critical services named.
If a single person or a group goes on strike, the local government will intervene and take legal action. The outlaws will be sentenced to a year in prison or a fine of Rs. 1,000, or both.
In the past, the government has attempted to abolish the transportation syndicate by enacting similar legislation. Now that internet service has been added to the list of vital services, it will receive a higher priority in times of need. The verdict now exempts internet service from any strikes or protests that could disrupt the public’s access to the service.
The internet is no longer a luxury, but rather a need. We’ve realized the usefulness and potential of the internet thanks to Lockdown. Let’s hope that the government’s action will help to ensure that the public has access to reliable broadband service even in the face of adversity.
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