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The Essential Services Laws (Amendment) Act, 1974

( ACT NO. XXXVI OF 1974 )

Amendment of E. P. Ord. XLI of 1958 4.Amendment of E. P. Ord. II of 1963
3. In the Essential Services (Second) Ordinance, 1958 (E. P. Ord. No. XLI of 1958),-
(1) section 3 shall be re-numbered as be-section (1) of that section, and-
(a) in sub-section (1) as so re-numbered, the words and comma “under any local authority,” shall be omitted; and
(b) after sub-section (1) as so re-numbered, the following new sub-section shall be added, namely:-
“(2) A declaration under sub-section (1) shall remain in force for a period of six months; but the Government may, by notification in official Gazette, successively extend it for further periods not exceeding six months at a time.”;
(2) in section 4, the Explanation shall be numbered as Explanation 1, and after Explanation 1 as so numbered the following new Explanation shall be added, namely:-
“Explanation 2.- Absence from work in pursuance of any notice of strike given or purported to be given under any law shall not be deemed to be a reasonable excuse within the meaning of this section”; and
(3) after section 5, the following new section 5A shall be added, namely:-
“5A. Overriding Power of the Ordinance.- The provisions of this Ordinance shall have effect notwithstanding anything to the contrary contained in the Industrial Relations Ordinance, 1969 (XXIII of 1969), or any other law for the time being in force.”

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