Colombo, Aug 28 (BAN/ AD): Onc again President Maithripala Sirisena has issued a special gazette notification by which railways are declared essential service.
Dated August 27 a special gazette notification declaring the railways an “essential public service” according to the Essential Public Service Act No 61 of 1979 has been issued.
Secretary to the President Udaya R. Seneviratne has signed the Extraordinary Gazette notification on the order of the President.
The services include:
1. Public transport Services for passengers or goods
2. Services of any description whatsoever necessary or required to be handled by the Department of Railways including the transport services by rail and railway lines, their maintenance and provision of proper security measures, signalling systems and their operation, issuance of tickets that are essential for the efficient and uninterrupted operation of the aforesaid services
3. All work and supply of labour of any description required for the maintenance of the aforesaid services