Balangir: The district administration on Friday invoked Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA) against the employees of the Rural Drinking Water Supply & Sanitation (RWSS) department in two civic bodies for six months.
The Titlagarh Sub-Collector informed under ESMA, the RWSS employees cannot stage demonstrations in Titlagarh municipality and Kantabanji NAC areas.
He said sanitation work and supply of drinking water were affected in these two civic bodies due to the frequent agitations by the RWSS employees. Hence, the district administration has clamped ESMA and declared the agitations as illegal, he added.
He further said the district administration will take action against the RWSS employees for the violation of the Act.