Dr Govinda KC has postponed his 16th hunger strike, following the government’s assurance to endorse the proposed Medical Education Bill. The ruling Nepal Communist Party and the opposition Nepali Congress however are still at loggerheads over four provisions in the draft of the bill, at the forefront of which is the issue of granting affiliation to medical colleges that have already received the Letter of Intent (LoI).
Dr KC has said that he will be forced to stage yet another hunger strike if the nine-point agreement reached with him on July 26, 2018 is not implemented. “Our responsibility is to improve governance and make the government take action against serious criminals of the insurgency era and the murderers of Nirmala Panta,” said Dr KC.
According to the agreement signed with Dr KC, the major demands were to be addressed within 15 days to two months. Although four months have already elapsed since the agreement, the government has yet to address his major demands that include promulgation of Medical Education Act and action against 43 officials implicated by a report of former justice Gauri Bahadur Karki for their involvement in irregularities while granting permissions to private medical colleges.