JDA to continue stir despite SC edict
STATING THAT the Supreme Court order on the medicos strike was not binding on them, the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) of Indore has decided not to withdraw their anti quota stir and has given a day?s time to the State Government to agree to their demands.india Updated: Jun 03, 2006 15:10 IST
STATING THAT the Supreme Court order on the medicos strike was not binding on them, the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) of Indore has decided not to withdraw their anti quota stir and has given a day’s time to the State Government to agree to their demands.
State JDA general secretary Dr Anand Rai said that there has been a lot of misconception regarding the vague order to resume work in the larger public interest or face action for contempt of court. The self-intervention by the SC was not binding for all despite JDA, interns and Under Graduate (UG) students participating in the agitation getting a reference in this ruling.
Furthermore, it had been issued in the name of those from All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) and junior doctors leading the agitation and it was therefore, not mandatory for others in the agitation to comply with the same.
The SC order could be contested on several technical grounds and the Indore JDA was taking legal advice for challenging the same.
What had been pasted on the gates of Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) by the Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College authorities was a circular issued to them by the State government and that too had not been received as yet by the JDA.
JDA representatives from all five medical colleges of the State had called upon the health authorities of the State and faxed a list of their demands to everyone from the Chief Minister to the bureaucrats, which has fallen on deaf ears.
The JDA has declared that the government should give a positive response in the form of written assurance that ‘no cumulative action be taken against the protesters’ as mentioned in the SC order. The strike therefore, continues in Gujarat excluding Ahmedabad, Haryana, Orissa, Karnataka and many other states.
The reason is cited to the unclear stand of the government on the 3,600 seats under the All India quota in the medical colleges of the country, which have not been accounted for while calculating the 27 per cent increase in Other Backward Category (OBC) seats apart from the reserved seats already belonging to the Scheduled Caste (SC) and Scheduled Tribe (ST).
Those spearheading the national movement from Delhi in their talks with the central government did not get a clarification as to how reservation would be matched with increase in seats without first improving the existing infrastructure. All five medical colleges of the State are derecognised and the axe of closure for non-fulfilment of required norms hangs over them.
The Indore JDA in a meeting held at MGM decided that they would not end their strike and would continue to support the movement even if they had to withdraw from the active arena momentarily. In such a case the leadership of the movement would get transferred into the hands of UG students of medical colleges and engineering students. The flame of anti-reservation agitation would be kept burning as the torch would be carried forward by new hands.
A meeting has been called tomorrow at 6 pm where the future course of action to be fought under the banner of Youth for Equality and Arakshan Virodhi Morcha would be charted out and announcement regarding a rally to be taken out on June four would be made.
Meanwhile, the list of those joining the agitation continues to grow with each new addition swelling the ranks of protesters. After the children staging a protest at Regal Square yesterday it was the turn of the Vaishya Samaj with every sub-community in that fold staging a demonstration at the same venue in the morning.
A signature campaign was also held by the protesters and would be sent to the President in the hope that he might ask the government for a rethink on its decision.
First Published: Jun 03, 2006 15:10 IST