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Thursday, August 24, 2006

AIIMS medical students observe Black Day

AIIMS Resident Doctors Association and medical students are observing a black day here today in protest against the government's decision to implement OBC quota in institutes of higher education. The doctors will go on mass casual leave tomorrow in protest against the decision. But essential services, including the emergency in the world renowned health care institution will function normally.

''The Government has to realise that it has to be answerable. The future of millions of people cannot be decided in such a hurry. We will keep protesting the move,'' AIIMS RDA president and Youth For Equality leader Binod Patra told.The decision to observe Black Day was taken at last night's general body meeting of the Youth For Equality, which is spearheading the anti-quota agitation.

However, services in the OPD might be affected as it will only be run by the senior doctors in absence of the residents. Yesterday, the medicos held a protest rally at Jantar Mantar during which they clashed with police when they were trying to march towards Congress president Sonia Gandhi's 10, Janpath residence.

Police aimed water canon and lobbed teargas shells to stop the protestors, including students from Delhi University and JNU, from breaking the security cordon.
The medicos were back to the streets in protest over the same issue within almost three months of the 20-day strike in May when Supreme Court had asked them to call off their agitation.
The government had assured them that their concerns regarding OBC reservation will be addressed.

The angry medical students and few resident doctors, from all medical colleges across the city, sought details from the government on the implementation of 27 per cent OBC reservation in higher educational institutes.


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