CM intervenes, medicos call off strike

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Chennai, Nov 23 (UNI) The medicos and house surgeons in Tamil Nadu today called off their two-week long agitation following an assurance from Chief Minister M Karunanidhi that he would take up the issue with the Centre to arrive at an amicable solution.

The Medicos were on a warpath following Centre's decision to make one-year rural service mandatory and intensified their agitation by launching a fast-unto-death from today.

The decision to call off the fast came after the representatives of the striking medicos held a meeting with the Chief Minister and Health Minister M R K Panneerselvam at the State Secretariat this morning.

During the meeting, the Chief Minister assured them that he would take up the issue with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss to arrive at an amicable solution and appealed to the medicos to call off their agitation.

Following this assurance, the medicos agreed to call off their stir, Mr Pannerselvam told reporters after the meeting.

After observing relay hunger-strike, the Medicos had intensified their stir and launched a fast-unto-death from today seeking the Chief Minister's intervention and to demand the Centre to drop the move.


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