Expedite NEET-PG Counselling, apologize to doctors

-AIIMS RDA demands an apology from Govt. & Police

As the magnitude of the protest by the doctors in Delhi touched new heights on Tuesday, the Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya met representatives of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) and convinced them to end their protest and return to service.

This meet took place at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi. The protest by FORDA is to expedite NEET-PG Counselling, and it was going silently for some time but it became intensive on Monday when a scuffle ensued between protesting doctors and police personnel.

This led to the Association of Resident Doctors’ of All India Institute of Medical Sciences, New Delhi (AIIMS RDA) joining the protest and the doctors together cautioning the government and the health ministry that if urgent measures are not taken, the doctor may withdraw from all non-emergency works.

“The counselling for NEET has been delayed due to the amendment in the Economically Weaker Section (EWS) quota by the Central Government setting an Rs. 8 lakh threshold to avail the 10% quota and the 27% reservation for OBC candidates. The reservations are yet to be implemented in the counselling process and are under the Supreme Court Scrutiny,” wrote Kamal Joshi for Republic.

Already Doctors who are members of FORDA protested and held strike by first withdrawing services from Outpatient Department services in November, 2021 and with the intervention of the government then, it was stopped but the current protest sees the doctors go on an even bigger strike.

On Tuesday, the Indian Health Minister urged doctors to wait till the first week of January in regards to NEET-PG counselling as the matter is sub-judice before Supreme Court.

AIIMS RDA said that if no response from govt takes place within 24 hours, it will go on a strike on Dec 29 including a shutdown of all non-emergency services.


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