AMA up in arms against OBC quota
After remaining tight-lipped over the issue of OBC quota for over a week, the members of Allahabad Medical Association and medical students held a meeting and staged dharna on Monday to support the nation-wide anti-quota agitation by the medical students.Updated: May 16, 2006 00:35 IST
After remaining tight-lipped over the issue of OBC quota for over a week, the members of Allahabad Medical Association and medical students held a meeting and staged dharna on Monday to support the nation-wide anti-quota agitation by the medical students.
The AMA members and medical students protested against the lathi-charge on medicos who were peacefully taking out an anti-reservation rally in Mumbai.
A memorandum addressed to the President of India and Prime Minister was also sent by the AMA members pointing out that expansion of seats and not quota is the answer to the reservation.
A meeting of AMA members was held at the AMA Hall to condemn the brutality meted out to the agitating medical students in Mumbai and Delhi. Presiding over the meeting AMA president Dr AK Bansal said the doctors of the city have decided to oppose the move and would join hands with the medical fraternity in opposing the OBC quota.
"It is indeed a matter of great concern that the hands which are trained to serve the humanity are now up in arm against the government's decision to implement 27 per cent OBC reservation in elite academic institutions like medical and engineering colleges. Apart from the protest we extend our support and resources in favour of the agitating doctors with a request to Government to reconsider the move to implement the OBC quota," he added.
Dr Bansal said the AMA members would like to draw government's attention towards some facts that may prove vital in safeguarding the country's social and educational system. The medical, engineering, administrative and defence services should be exempted from the quota system. The selection should only be made on the merit.
The AMA believes that as the reservation is not implemented in defence services to make the country strong, likewise the professionals and technocrats and their institutions should also be exempted from the reservation if we really want to make further progress to lead the world. The reservation would bring down the pace of development in medical field, which is one of the leading aspect of country's progress.
The progress of the country, to a major extent, lies in the hands of doctors, engineers and IT experts. Defence of India lies in the hands of defence personnel and health of India lies in the hands of medicos, he said. "A critical analysis reveals that reservation has many demerits and only one merit.
Philosophically, it will be the negation of the cardinal principle of equality and fraternity and a barricade for the philosophies of self-realization, self-expression, self-creation, idealism, nationalism and pragmatism. Socially it will create bitterness among brothers and sisters of the motherland and de-harmonise the symphony of the social order. Psychologically it will deprive the country's genius of the important personality traits such as initiative, drive, dexterity, self-dependence and self-reliance etc.
Emotionally it will develop psychic complexes and hinder emotional integration. Ethically, it is improper as it will force a class to be more dependent on a party. Economically, it will be a mirage to a really needy population. Politically, it will weaken and disintegrate the nation as Britishers' evil design of Divide and Rule is clearly reflected in this policy," he pointed out. Dr Bansal said the only merit is that it might be a good device to catch hold of votes but this too may retrograde towards demerit. All these things have also been pointed out in the memorandum.