Medicos take to streets, engineers also set to join
THE AGITATION against reservation spilled on to the streets in the city in the form of a public rally taken out from Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital to the Divisional Commissioner office where a memorandum addressed to the President was submitted. Meanwhile, services at the biggest state government hospital remaining affected for the third-day consecutive day.Updated: May 19, 2006 13:30 IST
THE AGITATION against reservation spilled on to the streets in the city in the form of a public rally taken out from Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital to the Divisional Commissioner office where a memorandum addressed to the President was submitted. Meanwhile, services at the biggest state government hospital remaining affected for the third-day consecutive day.
The rally attended by people from all walks of life sharing anti-reservation sentiments apart from Junior Doctors Association (JDA), which is on indefinite strike on the issue, and students from various medical/engineering and technical colleges was taken out under the banner of Indian Medical Association (IMA) today.
Engineering students from all colleges in the city would tomorrow take out a rally against the reservation policy. For a change the number of casual dressed people outflanked the number of white coats in the agitation. From early morning people from all walks of life started gathering at the foot of the statue of Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Holkar for participating in the rally scheduled for 9.30 am.
JDA doctors openly dissenting the move by the Central Government to bring in more reservation in the form of introducing reservations in central educational institutes informed the people on the objectives of their strike. Mahatma Gandhi Medical (MGM) college students distributed pamphlets and carried placards against the high handedness of the government.
IMA local branch president Dr Arun Agrawal and secretary Dr RK Sodani addressed the gathering. They said that reservation was spreading like cancer in the Indian society making it weak from within. Politicians across party lines were busy in reaping benefits for themselves out of this issue by turning a large populace into a mere voter bank.
The percentage of reservation for any category could not be so large as to infringe upon the rights of others. They likened reservation to colonialism and said that it had been carried forward under the guise of a legacy for upwards of half a century without benefiting those for whom it was really meant.
Association of Structural Engineers, Association of Architects, Association of Vedic Vastu Engineering, Association of Tax Practitioners, Association of Company Secretary, Association of Indore Management, Confederation of Indian Industries, High Court Bar Association, Indian Geo-Technical Society, Institute of Valuers, Dental Association members and students from all dental colleges (private and public) and intellectuals of the city participated in this rally.
A memorandum addressed to President APJ Abdul Kalam asking him to intervene in this matter and make the government roll back was submitted by IMA national vice president Dr SN Goyal to Commissioner Ashok Das. Goyal warned that if the roll back was not done by May 25 the IMA would call a nation wide strike.
Meanwhile, medical services continued to suffer at the MYH on the third consecutive day of the strike. With the indefinite strike entering third day the long queues outside the Out Patients Department (OPD) were not seen on Thursday as people weary of slow and uncaring services have opted for other hospitals.
The hospital administration has tried to improve the services by sourcing trained medical staff including specialists and doctors from other government health care departments.
Engineering students who had been almost silent on the issue affecting them as much as medical students and others, have also decided to join the protest.
The proposal to increase reservation on IITs, IIMs and Central Universities from the present 22 per cent would bring it to 50 per cent.
Students from all engineering colleges and the numerous coaching classes in the city would participate in a rally taken out at 5.30 pm from Bal Vinay Mandir grounds tomorrow.
First Published: May 19, 2006 13:30 IST