KATHMANDU, July 28: A government team on Thursday held a meeting with Dr Govind KC, who is on a fast-unto-death strike since July 24, and discussed his demands. The two sides ended the talks Thursday after agreeing to resume the talks later.
At the talks, Dr YP Singh, Dr Ranjan Sapkota and Dr Abhishek Singh represented Dr KC. The cabinet meeting held on Thursday had formed the talks team. Secretary at the Ministry of Health Kiran Regmi and secretary at the prime minister's office Gopi Nath Mainali are the members of the team.
Shanta Bahadur Shrestha, secretary at the Ministry of Education said,"We discussed Dr KC's concerns regarding the Medical Education Bill, which is currently in parliament," said Shrestha. "We are serious to reach a conclusion sooner," he added.
Senior orthopedic surgeon Dr KC, who is also a professor at the Institute of Medicine (IOM), demanded that the government bring Medical Education Act, slash fees of postgraduate studies in medicine from Rs 3.1 million to Rs 2.2 million, appoint four assistant deans at IOM and campus chief immediately and probe the irregularities of TU officials and take action against them.
Dr KC began his 10th fast-unto-death from November 13 against 'anarchy' prevailing in the medical education sector and it ended in three weeks after another agreement with the government. KC had ended his 10th hunger strike following a 12-point agreement with the government representatives on December 4, 2016.