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Bill to stop strikes in ordnance factories

Date: 26 July 2021 Tags: Bills & Laws


The central government has brought the Essential Defence Services Bill in the Lok Sabha.



  • The aim of the bill is to restrict the employees of the government-owned ordnance factories from undertaking a strike.

  • There are about 41 ordnance factories in the country. About 70,000 people are employed in these factories.

  • The bill seeks to secure the safety and security of the nation by maintaining essential defence services in all conditions.


Ordnance factories

  • They are the oldest largest and oldest industrial setup in the country. The factories function under the Department of Defence Production of the Ministry of Defence. 

  • They are necessary for indigenous production of defence equipments and hardware to equip the armed forces in battlefield.

  • By keeping unnecessary strikes and employee disruptions at bay, a minimum preparedness can be ensured across the country. It is necessary for sovereignty and integrity of the nation.


Powers to the government

It prevents employees from engaging in any form of disruptions. Government will have all the powers to ensure that they comply with instructions.


Need for the bill

  • The government feels that situation in northern front is sensitive and in such a condition it is necessary to be battle ready.

  • The government had made plans for corporatizing 41 ordnance factories by constituting Ordnance Factory Board.

  • The employees union had threatened to go on an indefinite strike even though government had ensured that their rights and retirement conditions will be taken care.

  • A recent meeting between the two parties had not come to a proper conclusion, forcing the government to introduce an ordinance for preventing strikes.

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