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Quota protest: R'sthan employees on mass leave

The employees of the secretariat took mass leave in response to a call by the Akhil Bharatiya Samanta Manch to stay away from duty.

india Updated: May 29, 2006 19:00 IST

Most Rajasthan government offices reported thin attendance on Monday as employees, especially those in the secretariat, abstained from work in support of medical students protesting fresh quotas in higher education institutions.

The employees of the secretariat took mass leave in response to a call by the Akhil Bharatiya Samanta Manch to stay away from duty.

"Work was affected to a great extent," said Shanker Singh Manohar, president of the Sachivalya Karamchari Sangh. He said there was widespread criticism of the union government's reservation policy.

The resident doctors of government-owned SMS Medical College and Hospital organised a rally at their institute in which, besides medical students, students from other streams and organisations like Vaishya Aarakshan Manch, Swarn Aarakshan Manch and Chatriya Samaj also participated.

"Our movement is getting strengthened as more and more people are associating with us. The government would have to retract its decision," said Rashim Kataria, president of Youth for Equality, Jaipur chapter.

"We do not want patients to suffer so we distributed free medicines to outdoor patients today," he said.

The medicos are protesting 27 per cent reservation for other backward classes in higher educational institutions.

First Published: May 29, 2006 19:00 IST