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Fernandes, Nair meet PM on quota issue

Emerging after the meeting with the PM, Fernandes said he would now meet the striking medicos and convey PM's message.

india Updated: May 28, 2006 22:19 IST

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on Sunday held consultations with Minister of State without Portfolio Oscar Fernandes and his Principal Secretary TKA Nair about the outcome of their meeting with the striking medicos held earlier in the day.

Emerging after the hour-long meeting with the Prime Minister, Mr Fernandes said he would now meet representatives of the striking doctors and students and convey his message to them.

"The students in the morning had sought clarification in written that they were not satisfied with what was given to them. We conveyed that back to the PM and now I am going to meet them," Mr Fernandes said.

He announced that an Oversight Committee, to be headed by Administrative Reforms Commission chairman Veerappa Moily had been set up and it would have various sub-committees under it to oversee the implementation of the reservation policy.

Besides Mr Fernandes and Mr Nair, Union Health Secretary PK Hota also attended the meeting held at Mr Singh's 7, Race Course residence.

Mr Fernandes refused to comment on what clarification the students had sought, saying he would not like to communicate through the media but would convey Dr Singh's message to the striking students and doctors in person.

On Sunday morning, representatives of the striking students and doctors held a marathon meeting with Mr Fernandes, Mr Hota and Mr Nair at the Prime Minister's Office.

The talks were "disappointing" as they failed to deliver the "desired results", the students and doctors said.

"The Government is harping on the same stand and it has not budged an inch from its rigid stand.... The talks were inconclusive," Youth for Equality leader Dr Harsh Kumar said.

He said the Government has asked for more time to discuss the demands and promised to get back to them.

"We had asked for a written assurance as a concrete measure on our demands from Prime Minister Manmohan Singh but that not been given to us. The Government is yet to deliberate on the issue," he added.

First Published: May 28, 2006 21:22 IST

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