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Call to restore health and education to State Government

Staff Reporter

Conference of Doctors Association for Social Justice Conference of Doctors' Association for Social Justice

TIRUCHI: The medical fraternity and social organisations on Tuesday saw the Supreme Court order necessitating the State to surrender 50 per cent of seats in postgraduate medical courses to an `all-India pool' as an `infringement' upon the rights of States.

Observing that the `all-India pool,' with no reservation for SC, ST or OBC candidates, denied opportunities to the deprived and underprivileged classes, speakers at a `social justice conference' of the Doctors Association for Social Justice demanded complete restoration of health and education to the State Government.

`Role of State reduced'

They were unanimous in opposing private medical colleges/ deemed universities and took a critical view of the Supreme Court ruling that reduced the role of State Governments to just determining feasibility rather than the essentiality.

Political support

R. Nallakannu, National Executive Committee member of the Communist Party of India (CPI), and K. Veeramani, Dravidar Kazhagam (DK) president, who spoke on the occasion, assured the medical fraternity of the necessary political support to take the `fight for inalienable rights of the State' to the highest level.

Mr. Veeramani announced that the DK would organise agitations next month in cities where medical colleges were located, with the support of the student community, to espouse the cause.

He explained that making personal remarks against judges alone was against the law and that free expression of views by the affected parties due to any judgment was permissible in a democracy.

Mr. Nallakannu wondered how the medical education system could go against the principle of social justice and equality.

When there was no quota for the underprivileged, the earmarking of seats for NRIs was `ridiculous.'

The higher education system has become an exclusive domain of the `haves,' he said.

K. Prakasam, president, Tamil Nadu Government Doctors' Association, insisted that only the State should have a say on the number of colleges and students.

On private medical colleges, he said that if the Medical Council of India were to conduct surprise inspections only government medical colleges would remain.

C.N. Deivanayagam, former director, TB Sanatorium, Tambaram, and V. Jeevanandam, president of the Tamil Nadu Green Movement, said the onus was on the student community to safeguard the welfare of future generations by fighting for justice and prevailing upon the powers that be to rescind their decision on contentious issues.

Arun Mitra, general secretary, Indian Doctors for Peace and Development, and representatives of the Andhra Pradesh Junior Doctors' Association resolved to intensify awareness to fight against the Centre's deviation from viewing health with the perspective of community orientation to making it an individual responsibility.

Enhancing budgetary allocation on health should be considered an investment rather than an expenditure, they emphasised.

S.J. Nehru, dean, K.A.P. Viswanatham Government Medical College, spoke.

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