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Quota: Medicos take strike route

Medical students and resident doctors in Delhi began an indefinite hunger strike on Sunday to oppose the proposed quota for OBCs in central higher educational institutions.

education Updated: May 15, 2006 11:38 IST
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Medical students and resident doctors in Delhi began an indefinite hunger strike on Sunday to oppose the proposed quota for OBCs in central higher educational institutions.

Around 100 students and representatives of resident doctors of five premier medical colleges began the hunger strike at AIIMS in the morning. A meeting of the agitating medicos held on Saturday decided to launch the hunger strike, which was joined by doctors and students of AIIMS, Maulana Azad Medical College, Lady Hardinge Medical College, University College of Medical Sciences and Vardhman Mahavir Medical College.

The protest affected medical services as well as emergency services in some hospitals, among them RML. “We’ll continue our hunger strike and will not attend our duties,” said Vinod Patro of the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association.

“We demand a total rollback of the proposal to give 27 per cent reservation to OBCs and a review of the present reservation policy,” said Amitasha, a representative of students of Lady Hardinge Medical College.

“Yesterday’s brutal police action on striking students in Mumbai made us call the indefinite hunger strike.” Mumbai Police had mercilessly beaten medicos when on Saturday. Maharashtra government has ordered an inquiry into the lathi-charge.

Meanwhile, HRD Minister Arjun Singh on Sunday virtually put the onus on PM Manmohan Singh to decide when to bring to the Cabinet the proposals for reservation in elite educational institutions.

But, Singh ruled out a “relook” into the issue, saying it was up to the PM and Parliament to take a decision on the matter. He also declared as “propaganda” the description of anti-reservation agitation as “Mandal II.”