Medicos continue agitation, stage demo with mouths gagged

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Chennai, Nov 25 (UNI) Ignoring the appeal made by Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss, medicos in Tamil Nadu continued with their agitation by staging a silent demonstration with their mouths gagged.

The medicos were on warpath following the Centre's move to make one year rural service mandatory, which they feel would extend the MBBS course by one year to six-and-a-half year.

As their stir entered the third week, the medicos of Government Stanley, Kilpauk and Madras Medical colleges, under the banner of Tamil Nadu Medical Students and House Surgeon's Council staged a silent protest in the city by gagging their mouths with a cloth.

The silent protest was to draw the Centre's attention, which was silent on the issue.

Meanwhile, medicos in Thanjavur Medical College staged a sit in protest in the college premises along with the parents, urging the Centre to drop the proposed move.

After the intervention of Chief Minister M Karunanidhi, the medicos decided to call off their indefinite fast, but said they would continue with other forms of agitations like boycott of classes, taking out rallies and forming human chains till their demands were met.

Meanwhile, Dr Anbumani, who was in the city to address a function, appealed to the medicos to call of their agitation and said a final decision on implementing the one-year rural service would be taken after receipt of the Dr Sambasiva Rao committee's report, formed by the Centre to go into the issue.

UNI

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