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Strike on, support swells

THE GSVM Medical College medicos? strike entered the tenth day today, with all the seven associated hospitals wearing a deserted look. But the day passed off peacefully as neither any effigy was burnt nor any demonstration held on the college campus or on the hospital premises. However, junior doctors and professor did not join the strike and they offered their services at the hospital. Junior doctors were seen attending to patients at the emergency ward but the OPD registration counter did not conduct any business.

india Updated: May 24, 2006 00:31 IST

Hospitals deserted

THE GSVM Medical College medicos’ strike entered the tenth day today, with all the seven associated hospitals wearing a deserted look. But the day passed off peacefully as neither any effigy was burnt nor any demonstration held on the college campus or on the hospital premises.

However, junior doctors and professor did not join the strike and they offered their services at the hospital. Junior doctors were seen attending to patients at the emergency ward but the OPD registration counter did not conduct any business.

Meanwhile, GSVM principal Dr SK Katiyar has suspended the leave of senior doctors and advised them to be present at the OPD and in the hospital to provide treatment to patients. Dr Katiyar has also made arrangements for registering patients at the reception counter, set up at the emergency ward.

After getting registered, patients were admitted to the emergency ward or to the general ward on the advice of doctor.

According to sources at the registration counter, over 50 patients were registered on Tuesday and twenty per cent of them needed hospitalisation.

However, following strike by medical students, the number of patients remained considerably low. Most of the patients who could afford treatment at private nursing homes did not prefer to be treated at the LLR hospital for fear of improper care.

Several doctors on strike told the HT that to resume duties or classes was beyond their purview. Since the strike call was given by the national body of doctors, the same body was empowered to issue fresh directives. However, personally they were against calling off the strike till a viable solution to the problem was found. Agitated students said they were concerned about the health of people and they would continue to serve them even during the strike, according to their own arrangements outside hospitals.

However, medical services at private nursing homes remained unaffected. Doctors at nursing homes passed resolutions against the OBC reservation plan and faxed their decision to the Prime Minister and the HRD Minister.

Memo, rally all in a day

HUNDREDS OF students of several engineering and medical colleges took part in a cycle rally in protest against the proposed hike in OBC reservation here today. The rally was organised by the newly constituted Forum of Indians against Reservation (FIR).

It was started from the Student Activity Center (SAC) at Indian Institute of Technology. As the rally progressed, students of Harcourt Butler Technology Institute (HBTI), GSVM Medical College, Rama Dental College and VSSD College joined the rally. Students on cycles carried play-cards demanding withdrawal of hike in quota. The other slogans included “Don’t divide us in Caste”, “Let us study in peace”, “Let vote politics go down” and “Provide us a free and harmonious environment for studies”.

Students were in a long single line, which caught the attention of commuters. People greeted them and expressed their solidarity with them. Students of other institutes also joined the rally and reached Motijheel where the rally was converted into a public meeting.

Addressing the meeting, students invariably said the reservation policy had miserably failed in rendering any assistance to candidates of reserved classes. The reservation policy had helped only those who were under the reserved category but had a good financial and social status. It did not help a large number of reserved class students who were economically backward. Besides, the reservation policy had divided the society into several sections and created disharmony between members of different classes. The OBC reservation would further aggravate the situation and vitiate social atmosphere, they added.

They said the time had come for engineers and medicos to lead the country. “It is ridiculous that we were being led by uneducated people, who have threatened the social and political integrity of the nation.”

They also pointed out that such an atmosphere must be created in the country that not caste but merit be considered as the basis for selection to ensuring progress of the country.

They said instead of granting reservation, the government should try to help members of the OBC classes right from the initial stages of education. The government should raise the standard of education at the primary and the higher secondary level and should provide financial assistance to them so that they could equip themselves with good education to meet future academic and professional challenges.

They also announced to hold simultaneous demonstration in all major cities in different states.

Chandra Mohan Thakur (IIT), Rishi Raj Singh (Rama Dental), Neeraj Dubey (GSVM), Ashutosh (HBTI), Abhishek (VSSD) and SC Nigam (IIT alumni) were among prominent ones who addressed the meeting.

Later, the students submitted a five-point memorandum to Additional City Magistrate SK Dubey.

First Published: May 24, 2006 00:31 IST