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Doctors, students oppose State Govt decision

DOCTORS AT the Hamidia hospital and medical students of Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Bhopal have come out strongly to protest the State Government?s plans to establish a heritage hotel at the Fatehgarh fort situated on the hospital?s premises.

india Updated: Aug 31, 2006 01:34 IST

DOCTORS AT the Hamidia hospital and medical students of Gandhi Medical College (GMC), Bhopal have come out strongly to protest the State Government’s plans to establish a heritage hotel at the Fatehgarh fort situated on the hospital’s premises.

Irate medicos submitted a memorandum to Tourism Minister Yashodhara Raje Scindia on Wednesday to register their protest against the proposed hotel. The State Government has plans to hand over the Fatehgarh fort to the MP State Tourism Development Corporation (MPSTDC) so that the latter could develop a heritage hotel there.

However, doctors, students and other employees of Hamidia hospital and GMC are vehemently opposing the plan. A meeting has been called on August 31 at the GMC auditorium to discuss further strategy for opposing the proposed hotel, MP Junior Doctors Association’s Dr Vineet Gour said.

He added that members of GMC teachers’ association, health workers union, class three employees union and other employee unions have jointly opposed the proposal. GMC teachers’ association president Dr Neeraj Bedi, class three employees union head Indrabhan Verma, health workers’ union president Gajadhar Prasad, APAKS GMC head M Chauhan, Laghu Vetan Karmachari Sangh’s Mohammad Taufiq and other staff leaders would participate in tomorrow’s meeting.

A delegation of junior doctors had also met State Health Minister Ajay Vishnoi on July 29. “The health minister has assured us of all possible assistance in the matter,” Dr Gour added.