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Centre Assured NEET-PG Counselling To Begin Before Jan 6, No FIR Against Doctors: IMA

Reports suggest that the government has given a written assurance to the doctors that the counselling will begin before January 6, 2022 and no FIR will be registered against the doctors, which was one of the demands of the doctors.

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Resident doctor speaking during a protest by Safdarjung Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital Resident doctors against the delay in the National Eligibility Entrance Test (NEET) Postgraduate Counselling 2021, in New Delhi on Thursday. (Photo PTI)

New Delhi: The Central government has assured the protesting doctors that counselling for NEET-PG will begin before January 6 next year, the Indian Medical Association said after meeting Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Friday. IMA president Sahajanand Prasad Singh said the Centre has further assured that no FIR will be registered against the protesting resident doctors.

Reports suggest that the government has given a written assurance to the doctors that the counselling will begin before January 6, 2022 and no FIR will be registered against the doctors, which was one of the demands of the doctors.

Earlier today, the resident doctors, who were protesting over the delay in NEET-PG counselling and alleged manhandling of some of their colleagues by Delhi police, called off their strike and resumed work from 12 pm on December 31.

The decision to end the strike was taken in a meeting between members of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) and the Joint Commissioner of Police, Delhi.

The doctors were protesting against the delay in NEET-PG counselling and the admissions process. Resident doctors, who appeared for the exam on September 11, 2021, are still awaiting the counselling through which admissions are granted.

A few days back, FORDA members had met Union Minister Mandaviya at Nirman Bhavan in Delhi and appealed to him to expedite the NEET-PG counselling. The association also demanded an apology for alleged police brutality during the protest march that took place on December 27.

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