Quota: Medicos stick to their guns
AS PART of their ongoing indefinite strike against the Union government?s move to increase the reservations in central-government funded higher academic institutes, the students of Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University went on a ?relay hunger strike? in BHU on Saturday.india Updated: May 21, 2006 00:57 IST
Organise relay hunger strike
AS PART of their ongoing indefinite strike against the Union government’s move to increase the reservations in central-government funded higher academic institutes, the students of Institute of Medical Sciences, Banaras Hindu University went on a ‘relay hunger strike’ in BHU on Saturday.
As many as five medicos including Dr Mukta Chaturvedi, Dr Vikas Kumar Gupta, Dr Vijayendra Singh, Dr Amitabh Das and Dr Vikas Rai under the banner of Resident Doctor’s Association (RDA) went on a 24-hour relay hunger strike at 10 am on IMS premises this morning. Five other doctors would replace them on Sunday morning.
Besides, the agitated medicos also forwarded a letter to the President of India, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam on Saturday seeking his intervention in this issue. The letter said that this proposal of Union government would encourage brain drain and at the same time would inculcate a sense of passivity and helplessness among the youths.
Normal medical services at Sir Sunderlal Hospital of BHU continue to suffer as the strike of medicos entered its fifth day here today. Various wings of SS Hospital such as out patient department (OPD) ward, emergency ward, intensive care unit (ICU), coronary care unit (CCU) wore a deserted look on Saturday also.
The agitated medical students continue to extend medical services from their own parallel out patient department (OPD) ward at Sir Sunderlal Hospital. As many as six counters such as gynecology, surgery, medicine, paediatrics, skin and chest have been set up in the parallel OPD in which more than 200 patients reported to have been diagnosed today.
More than 50 undergraduate and postgraduate students of IMS-BHU had gone to New Delhi to join protest there. “We are not against reservation, but reservation should be given on economic status rather on caste lines”, Dr Parekh, a senior resident of IMS-BHU, who has gone to Delhi to join protest there, told Hindustan Times over phone from Delhi today. He further said, “We are not going to call off our protest agitation till our demands are not fulfilled.”
Meanwhile, members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wore black badges in working hours to register their protest against the government’s move. The IMA members led by local president, Dr PS Pandey and secretary, Dr Sanjay Rai also submitted a charter of their demands to the divisional commissioner, CN Dubey to be forwarded to Prime Minister, Dr Manmohan Singh here this evening.
Members of the Kendriya Brahman Mahasabha staged a dharna at main gate of BHU to lodge their protest against the quota policies of the government.
A LARGE number of medicos took out a rally here on Saturday. They were protesting against the lathicharge on medical students in Delhi and other places. The members of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) also participated in the procession.
The agitating medicos handed over a memorandum, addressed to the Prime Minister, to the city magistrate. The medicos demanded a high- level inquiry into the police lathicharge and stringent action against the cops involved in the attack. Following the call of the IMA, the medical practitioners closed their clinics and nursing homes to extend moral support to the students protesting against the quota issue.