Dr Govinda KC speaking in Ilam district last Wednesday.
KATHMANDU, Jan 8: TU professor Dr Govinda KC has urged the parliament’s Education and Health Committee not to endorse the Medical Education Bill tweaked and endorsed by its sub-committee while accusing the ruling party lawmakers and leaders of siding with the ‘mafia’ and working against the people.
Organizing a press conference on Monday morning, Dr KC demanded a revision of the bill in line with last July’s agreement signed between him and the government. “The Medical Education Bill should be approved by including the agreement without any changes,” said Dr KC.
Dr KC lambasted the Education and Health Sub-committee of the parliament for making changes to the bill against the agreement reached with him. Dr KC objected to the inclusion of a provision in the bill to give permission to open new medical colleges to those who have already received the letters of intent issued by Kathmandu University and Tribhuvan University, non-inclusion of the Mathema taskforce in the preamble of the bill, and no mention of a deadline to phase out the CTEVT short-term courses among other things.
The Education and Health Sub-committee passed the draft bill and submitted its report to the Education and Health Committee on Sunday but lawmaker Gagan Thapa registered his note of dissent against the draft. On Monday, the Education and Health Committee began clause-wise discussion on the bill. Another meeting has been scheduled for Wednesday.
Dr KC has demanded implementation of the July 26 nine-point agreement signed between him and the government without any change. Dr KC has asked the government to sack the officials implicated by the report of the commission headed by former justice Gauri Bahadur Karki. He has also demanded the restoration of the authority of the TU’s Institute of Medicine to decide allocation of MBBS seats which was earlier snatched by the TU executive council.
He has also demanded immediate initiatives from the government to open government-run medical colleges in all seven provinces along with one medical college each in far-eastern and far-western hill districts.
In his demands, Dr KC had also demanded that the government arrest those involved in the rape and murder of Nirmala Panta and punish the police officials involved in destroying evidences from the crime scene and framing innocent people.
Dr KC has also demanded withdrawal of illegal decision of Kathmandu University to hike fees for medical education fees. “Otherwise, I will begin the 16th hunger strike before deadline,” he warned. Dr KC earlier issued deadline till January 9 to address his demands by bring the Medical Education Act.