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Dr KC begins his 16th hunger strike

KATHMANDU: Senior Orthopedic surgeon Doctor Govinda KC has begun his 16th hunger strike in Ilam on Thursday.

Dr KC reached Ilam district in Province 1 in a bid to launch the fast-unto-death in protest of the draft of National Medical Education Bill endorsed by a sub-committee of the Parliamentary Education and Health Committee. According to the doctor, the draft bill does not accomodate his demands as per the agreement reached earlier between government and him.

The draft endorsed by the sub-committee does not follow the rules regarding opening of new medical colleges as per the recommendation of the proposed high-level Medical Education Commission led by the prime minister. However, it has provisions to allow institutions outside Kathmandu valley that have already acquired letters of intent and built necessary infrastructure to operate.

The agreement reached with Dr KC calls for phasing out short-term CTEVT courses within five years after the enactment of the bill. However, the draft bill states that a decision on this issue, including phasing out and/or upgrading certain CTEVT courses, will be taken as per the recommendation of a task force formed to study the matter.

Issuing a statement today, Dr KC has put forth six-point demand which includes passing National Medical Education Bill without change, action against 43 officials of Tribhuvan University as per the recommendation made by the high level National Medical Education Commission led by former Judge Gauri Bahadur Karki.

He has also demanded a fair and effective investigation on the mysterious case of Nirmala Panta’s rape and murder.

The strike which was expected to be announced on January 2 was put off till January 9 following a request from the Parliament’s Education and Health Committee Chairman, Jayapuri Gharti Magar, to withhold the decision. Lawmaker Gharti had asked for sometime to discuss matters pertaining to the Medical Education Bill while expressing commitment to fully honour the agreement.

KC and the government had reached a nine-point agreement on July 26 ending the doctor’s 15th hunger strike.

Published Date: Wednesday, January 9th, 2019 | 09:31 PM

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