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ESSENTIAL DEFENCE SERVICES BILL INTRODUCED IN LOK SABHA

ESSENTIAL DEFENCE SERVICES BILL INTRODUCED IN LOK SABHA

Context:

On 22nd July 2021, the Essential Defence Services Bill was introduced in the Lok Sabha.

About the Bill:

  • It is introduced to prevent the staff of all the government-owned ordnance factories across the country from going on a strike.
  • The bill states that equipment and hardware for the defence are significant for self-reliance in equipping the armed forces with advanced battlefield gears.
  • Also an uninterrupted supply, the defence preparedness is very important and hence, the ordnance factories should continue to function without any disruptions or strikes by the employees.

What does it permit the government to do?

  • The Bill allows the government to declare services mentioned in it as essential defence services “the cessation of work of which would prejudicially affect the production of defence equipment or goods; or the operation or maintenance of any industrial establishment or unit engaged in the production of goods or equipment required for any purpose connected with defence; or repair or maintenance of products connected with defence”.

Why does the government feel that the bill has to be introduced?

  • In June the GOI declared corporatisation of the Ordnance Factory Board, under which the 41 factories providing ammunition and other equipment to the armed forces will become part of 7 government-owned corporate entities. The OFB was directly under the Department of Defence Production. The GOI has claimed that the move aims at enhancing the efficiency and accountability of these factories.

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