On day 13: Docs organise ?terahavan?

A CHARTER of demands prepared by Youth for Equality ? the students? movement against reservation policy - being presented to the political top brass in New Delhi was sent to the associate outfits in the State today.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 20:05 IST

A CHARTER of demands prepared by Youth for Equality – the students’ movement against reservation policy - being presented to the political top brass in New Delhi was sent to the associate outfits in the State today.

Meanwhile, the Junior Doctors Association (JDA) of Mahatma Gandhi Memorial (MGM) Medical College held a ‘terhavan’ as their strike entered its 13th day today.

State JDA general secretary Dr Anand Rai who has gone to Delhi to hand over the medals returned by merit holders of MGM College, including Maharaja Yeshwant Rao Hospital (MYH) Dean Dr D K Jain, to President APJ Abdul Kalam told Hindustan Times over phone that he had met Congress leader Oscar Fernandez, Principal secretary at the PMO, and the union Health Secretary today.

A charter of demands prepared by Youth for Equality that was being presented to those who mattered in Delhi was sent to the State for creating awareness and raising the flagging momentum of the stir. The charter demands an increase in number of seats in institutions of higher learning, while always maintaining 50.5 per cent seats for general category students, irrespective of reservation and quota.

It further demands that no crossover from reserved to general category be permitted and the right to increase number of seats rest with concerned colleges. An increase in seats can be done only when proper infrastructure was in place and therefore, no time frame be specified.

The creamy layer amongst those belonging to the reserved category be excluded from the benefits introduced in the first place with the sole motive of social uplift. Separate allocation in the proposed 27 per cent for students coming from weak and poor backgrounds, who do not come in any other reservation category, be made.

No action of any nature be taken against students, interns, doctors and others who participated in the agitation. Setting up of a non-political committee to review extension of reservation policy, its aims and objectives, dos and don’ts were explained in detail. A white paper on reservation policy in its totality since its inception was also demanded of the government.

MGM Students Council media coordinator Dr Axay Gupta, supervising the activities being undertaken under the indefinite strike and rotating hunger strike outside the main gate of MYH, said that a ‘Yagna’ performed on the last and 13th of the period of mourning as observed by the Hindus was held to sensitise the government.

A meeting between JDA representatives, undergraduate students of the college and Indian Medical Association (IMA) functionaries was held at MYH auditorium today. Several organisations, including women’s groups, came forward to support their cause and are planning to hold a rally on Tuesday. Engineering students who would be free after their last exam gets over on Monday would come forth to hold the reigns of the movement.

First Published: May 29, 2006 20:05 IST