Even as nearly 100 striking medicos here have collapsed due to fasting in the past three days, resident doctors Thursday said their fight against// reservation for backward classes would continue till the government rolls back its decision.
"Ninety-four doctors have so far collapsed but fresh protestors have joined the hunger strike. Currently 35 of them are still sitting on protest," said Harshit, a resident doctor at the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS).
"We have placed a donation box to collect money for their treatment and people (both doctors and the public) are generously donating. We have decided to continue our fight against the government plan (of reservation), which is motivated by vested interests," Harshit told IANS.
Resident doctors at the five medical colleges in New Delhi have been on an indefinite strike since Friday evening to protest against the government move to reserve 27 percent more seats in higher education institutions for other backward classes (OBCs).
On termination notices issued to the strikers by the government, Harshit said they had already burnt 200 such notices.
"If the government wants quality work force, there should not be any reservation. All are equal and merit should be the basis for any success," said Ritesh Gupta, a resident doctor of the University College of Medical Sciences (UCMS).
The doctors said those who were on the sponsored category have returned to work.
"We are not forcing anyone to join us, everyone is free to decide. At the same time, we will not oppose those who are returning to work. There must be some limitations on their side," said a resident doctor.
Rakesh Kumar, a research scholar at AIIMS, said with more support pouring in from all parts of the country, medicos in Delhi are feeling charged up and have called for a public gathering on May 20.
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