Nationwide stir against quota
About 5,000 students of IIT, Jadavpur University and Presidency College took out a procession from Calcutta Medical College and Hospital.india Updated: May 28, 2006 01:37 IST
About 5,000 students of IIT, Jadavpur University and Presidency College took out a procession from Calcutta Medical College and Hospital. Speaking on the sidelines of the politburo meeting, CPI-M's Sitaram Yechury said seats should be expanded in medical colleges before the 2007 admissions and then reservations implemented.
Anti-reservation students in Meerut backed their comrades in Delhi by going on an indefinite hunger strike inside LLRM Medical College. But unlike doctors in Delhi, they haven't called off their parallel OPDs. " We examined 478 patients in our OPD on Saturday and it stay open on Sunday too," said Dr Tanmay Tiwari.
Health services in most parts of the city were crippled with over 500 private doctors keeping their clinics closed in response to the one-day strike call given by the Vadodara chapter of the Indian Medical Association. About 1,000 doctors took out a silent procession from SSG civil hospital and went round the city.
Railway minister Lalu Prasad Yadav, who was here to inaugurate a railway reservation counter, came out in defence of quota and described the ongoing agitation against reservation as unnecessary. "Reservation to ho chuki hai, ab sadak pey mara marai karney sey koi fayada nahin hone wala", he said.
Doctors of the Sanjay Gandhi Post Graduate Institute of Medical Sciences (SGPGIMS) called off their strike on Saturday, but asked politicians to get themselves treated by doctors who are beneficiaries of the country's quota system. The faculty raised this demand at a meeting of the Faculty Forum.
Health services in various hospitals affiliated to the GSVM medical college in Kanpur remained affected as junior doctors and students continued with their protest. But sources at GSVM medical college claimed the hospitals were functioning "smoothly" and that senior doctors were attending to patients.