KATHMANDU, July 22: A task force formed by the government to hold talks with Dr Govinda KC has urged the physician, who has been on a fast-unto-death for the last three weeks, to accept dialogue without any conditions.
Issuing a statement on Saturday evening, Khag Raj Baral, secretary of the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology who heads the taskforce, urged Dr KC to seek a solution to his demands through talks.
“Government believes that the demands raised by Dr KC can be addressed through talks and urges his team to join talks without any pre-conditions,” reads the statement.
The government-led talk's team claims that the ball is in the court of Dr KC's team, which has declined talks until the government withdraws the National Medical Education Bill from parliament. “The talks didn't take on momentum because of the KC's side stance on withdrawal of the bill first,” the statement reads.
It also said that the government brought Dr KC to Kathmandu in view of his deteriorating condition and that it was sensitive to the need to save his life.
The government had formed a three-member talks team last week. However, Dr KC has refused to hold talks with the team, pointing out that the secretary-level committee could not address his concerns. He has demanded that a minister-level taskforce be formed to hold talks with him.
Dr KC is on a hunger strike since the last 22 days, demanding reforms in medical education After his condition deteriorated, the government lifted him by force from Jumla and brought him to Kathmandu on Thursday.