Docs suspend quota stir for 3 months

Medicos now plan to move the SC against the proposed introduction of quota system in educational institutes.

india Updated: Aug 26, 2006 11:02 IST

Doctors and medical students on Friday suspended their anti-quota agitation in view of the reservation bill being referred to a Parliamentary Standing Committee after being introduced in the Lok Sabha.

They have also decided to approach the Supreme Court against the proposed law.

"The bill has been referred to a Standing Committee so now it will be taken up only in the Winter Session of Parliament. Hence we have decided to suspend our agitation till then," said Dr Vinod Patra of the AIIMS Resident Doctors Association.

The students, who were demonstrating at Jantar Mantar, announced their decision to suspend the agitation after they got the information that the bill was being referred to a Standing Committee.

Scenes of jubilation could be witnessed with the medicos describing it as a "short-term victory" for them.

"We will now try to organise ourselves in a better way, mobilise public opinion in our favour and also explore legal options," Patra said.

He said the medicos will consult lawyers and move the Supreme Court against the proposed legislation as soon as they get a copy of the bill.

"Now the battle will not be on the streets. We will fight it out in Supreme Court," he said.

The bill, envisaging 27 per cent seat reservation for OBCs during admission in Central educational institutions besides 15 per cent for SCs and 7.5 per cent for STs, was introduced in Lok Sabha earlier in the day.

Later, Speaker Somnath Chatterjee had said the bill would be referred to the Standing Committee.

First Published: Aug 25, 2006 14:40 IST