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Oscar Fernandes meets striking medicos in Delhi

The exercise was not at the behest of Prime Minister.

india Updated: May 17, 2006 18:40 IST
Press Trust of India
Press Trust of India

Striking medicos on Wednesday met Union Minister Oscar Fernandes to discuss their ongoing anti-reservation agitation in a bid to find a solution.

After the hour-long meeting, he said it was just a beginning as such issues cannot be resolved in one meeting. "We heard what they had to say. We will meet again and see if there is any way out".

The exercise was not at the behest of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, he said.

The move is seen as an attempt by the Government to end the agitation, which has paralysed medical services in several hospitals in the national capital and other cities.

Medical students and resident doctors, under the banner of 'Youth for Equality, also submitted a three-point memorandum to the minister which included their main demand of total roll back of the proposed extension of reservation by 27 per cent.

They also demanded appointment of a judicial commission to review the existing reservation policy, its achievements, adverse effects, loopholes and drawbacks and a concrete statement by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh on the issue.

Asked whether the Government has asked him to negotiate with the striking students and doctors, he said, "Nobody has asked me to do anything. I got a chance to meet them and I gave them a patient hearing."

He, however, parried a question on whether he will brief the Prime Minister or HRD Minister Arjun Singh about the demands made by the doctors, and merely said "spare me, we will find a way out."

First Published: May 17, 2006 17:11 IST

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