Medicos' ire on Centre move shapes into 'rangoli'

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Chennai, Nov 25 (UNI) The striking medicos today resorted to a novel protest by expressing their grievances in the form of a rangoli, even as their agitation against the Centre's proposed move to make one-year rural posting compulsory, entered the third week today.

The medicos of Government Stanley, Kilpauk and Madras Medical colleges under the banner of Tamil Nadu Medical Students and House Surgeon's Council, continued their agitation boycotting classes.

They took out a rally from Labour's Statue to Light House on the Marina and at the end of the rally, drew a huge 'rangoli' on the beach front depicting their grievances.

Elsewhere in the State, medicos took out cycle rallies and silent processions.

A spokesman of the Council told UNI that the Dr Sambasiva Rao committee formed by the Centre to go into the issue was an ''eye wash''.

Quoting reports, the spokesman said the Committee met with stiff resistance from the medicos when it visited Orissa, Kerala and Maharashtra as students opposed extending the course by one year under the guise of rural posting.

He said Union Health Minister Anbumani Ramadoss' statement that a decision would be taken after receipt of the committee's report ''lacked clarity.'' ''We want a categorical assurance that it will not be implemented,'' he added.

The medicos were on stir 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 years.

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.


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