KATHMANDU, Sept 28: Dr Govinda KC, the crusader for reforms in medical education has requested for the resignation of Education Minister Giriraj Mani Pokharel. KC also has blamed Pokharel for concluding budget session without endorsing the Medical Education Bill.
The budget session of parliament concluded Thursday without endorsing the Medical Education Bill as per the government’s agreement with Dr Govinda KC, the crusader for reforms in medical education. Dr KC warned on September 26 that he would stage his 16th fast-unto-death to exert pressure for the fulfillment of his demands.
The government had signed a nine-point agreement with Dr KC on July 26 , which was the 27th day of his 15th fast-unto-death. The agreement included the formation of a high-level commission and the passage of a Medical Education Bill addressing all his demands.
Dr KC, senior orthopedic surgeon and professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), has staged hunger strikes 15 times for a total of over 190 days since 2012, demanding reforms in the medical sector. All the demands were addressed in the July 26 agreement.
However, the parliamentary session concluded Thursday without addressing the major demand that the Medical Education Bill be endorsed within two months of the agreement.