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Solution to quota issue 'in sight'

Striking medicos met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee with indications that the solutions are in an advanced stage.

india Updated: May 20, 2006 22:25 IST

Striking medicos on Saturday met Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee with indications that a solution to the quota problem was near.

"Talks between striking doctors with Defence Minister Pranab Mukherjee are continuing. They are in an advanced stage," representatives of striking doctors said.

Some kind of formula was being worked out to increase the number of seats simultaneously with implementation of the OBC quota, they said.

Earler during the day, the agitating doctors demanded for a "non-political" committee to study the whole issue of reservation.

"Judicial committee was our demand. But now we are demanding for constituting an expert committee comprising members from non-political organisations to review the existing reservation policy and find out whether reservation for OBC required at all," said Vinod Patra, the President of Resident Doctors Association of AIIMS.

"We also demand that any move for implementing reservation should be taken up after the committee submits its report," he said.

The demand for judicial committee was rejected by the government earlier.

On Saturday, the agitating medical students met the Director General Armed Forces Medical Services (DGAFMS) for discussion who is likely to fix a meeting between Defence Minister and the striking doctors.

"Our negotiations are on with the government side. We have submitted our charter of demands and we are hopeful that by tomorrow some consensus would be achieved," Patra said.

The other demands of the medicos include no penal action against the striking doctors and publication of a white paper by the government making its stand clear on reservation.

Meanwhile, students of about 50 more institutions from across the country joined the strike.