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Quota: Govt, medicos won?t budge

WATER CANONS, teargas and jail don't seem to faze them. Students protesting the government's OBC reservation plan across the country on Sunday showed no sign that they were anywhere near done.

india Updated: May 15, 2006 01:07 IST

WATER CANONS, teargas and jail don't seem to faze them. Students protesting the government's OBC reservation plan across the country on Sunday showed no sign that they were anywhere near done.

Capital leads charge

Around 100 students and resident doctors of five medical colleges in Delhi began an indefinite hunger strike at AIIMS while medicos disrupted normal and emergency services at some facilities. Students from various DU colleges will organize a candlelight vigil this week.

From all corners

The scene was no different in other parts of the country. Medicos intensified stirs at Amritsar, Ahmedabad, Cuttack, Burla and Berhampur in Orissa, halting work and forcibly shutting OPDs. Medical and engineering students in Bangalore staged a rally. Some 700 medicos in Surat have decided to observe a day-long strike on Monday.

Probe into Mumbai assault

Maharashtra CM Vilasrao Deshmukh decried the assault on medical students. He said a probe has been ordered and the report is expected within a week.

Arjun rules out relook

Unfazed by street protests over the issue of OBC quota, HRD Minister Arjun Singh, today rejected suggestions for a "relook" into the proposals for reservation in elite educational institutions and said it was upto Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to decide when to bring the matter to the Cabinet.

Pvt hospitals join strike

With medicos and senior doctors from private hospitals joining their government counterparts to protest against the proposed OBC quota, medical services in New Delhi will be completely paralysed on Monday.

KGMU medicos wear black ribbons

KING GEORGE’S Medical University (KGMU) medicos here today wore black ribbons to protest police atrocity on their counterparts in Delhi and Mumbai. They also protested the Centre’s controversial reservation proposal.

Meanwhile, the Indian Medical Association and junior doctors have decided to intensify their agitation from Tuesday if the government did not punish the guilty cops and reverse the quota proposal.

Though the medicos have decided not to paralyse medical services, classes may get disturbed from Tuesday.

“Delhi bandh has been called on May 15 but we will wait for one more day for the government to decide. If there is no action against the policemen involved in atrocity on medicos, and the reservation issue, we would go on strike,” former president of the Resident Doctors’ Association Dr Devashish Shukla said.             

 It may be mentioned that the Uttar Pradesh government had banned strikes in medical colleges under the Essential Services Maintenance Act. 

                                                                            
IMA state president Dr Gulab Agrawal said: “IMA has already given a call for nationwide strike on May 25 but if the government pays no heed to our demands the strike may be called earlier and it may be for more than a day.”
The last time medicos struck work in the city was in January. It was over the thrashing of junior doctors by RPF and civil police in a train compartment in Meerut.