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JDA to strike work today

POLICE ACTION against medical students demonstrating peacefully in Mumbai and Delhi has angered the local medical fraternity leading to large-scale demonstration by Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College student council on the premises of Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) today.

india Updated: May 16, 2006 17:07 IST

POLICE ACTION against medical students demonstrating peacefully in Mumbai and Delhi has angered the local medical fraternity leading to large-scale demonstration by Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) College student council on the premises of Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) today.

Meanwhile, the local Junior Doctors Association (JDA) has decided to go on a day-long strike tomorrow in support of a call for a nation-wide strike by the national JDA during which routine and emergency services would remain suspended.

The local branch of the Indian Medical Association (IMA) agreeing with its parent body has already lashed out against the manner of introducing reservation and has expressed solidarity with the JDA.

State JDA general secretary Dr Anand Rai said that as there was already 50 per cent reservation (the maximum limit allowed under law) in medical colleges of the State protest against the proposed reservations has not spread here, however, the recent atrocities including lathi charge against innocent students peacefully demonstrating against a totalitarian diktat by the Government machinery is proof that the Government is oblivious to the awareness of Generation Next towards its rights.

The political class ruling the country had stuck to the nefarious practices of the colonial predecessors by dividing the country in order to rule it, he added.

The atrocities were termed as ‘barbarous’ and ‘immoral act. MGM College student council joint secretary Reena Mittal said that about 150 students from MGM College, Physiotherapy Department and Government Dental College along with interns participated in the demonstrations held on MYH premises.

The college administration was given a notice regarding the demonstration and about the full support of students to the JDA strike. In the second phase the agitation would be intensified by involving students from other medical and engineering colleges both Government and private.

She said that there already was reservation in the Pre Medical Test (PMT) for students of the weaker sections. These students were also given fee concession thereby providing them a level platform once admitted to the college. More reservation for those already empowered through the same route was therefore, unnecessary and uncalled for, she said.

IMA Indore branch secretary Dr Rajendra Sodani said that they concurred with their parent body in opposing reservations in higher professional courses. Only students selected on the basis of merit should get admission to these institutes many of which have a reputation and standing of their own. A step taken in the opposite direction would be harmful to the image of the country.

Sodani expressed unity with the JDA cause and said that an emergency meeting of the association was being convened and directions from their national body were being sought for taking further steps.