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Resident Doctors continue to protest against NEET-PG Counselling delay; See Pics

Many resident doctors were detained and taken into preventive custody by Delhi Police during Monday’s protest march near Safdarjung Hospital.

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New Delhi: Resident doctors associations in Delhi and other states continued their protest against the delay in counseling of NEET-PG on Tuesday. After meeting Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA) tabled three demands, on the fulfillment of which the doctors will end their stir. Representatives of the doctors’ body met Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya at Nirman Bhavan in New Delhi on Tuesday over their demand to expedite NEET-PG counselling.

They have also sought an apology for alleged police brutality during Monday’s protest march. Many resident doctors were detained and taken into preventive custody by Delhi Police during Monday’s protest march near Safdarjung Hospital.

Police had also registered an FIR under section 188 after seven cops were injured near ITO. Police officials claim the protesting doctors also stopped them from performing their duties and caused damage to public property.

See Pictures of Doctors’ Stir In Delhi

In some relief for patients and their families, outpatient department treatment (OPD) services at Safdarjung Hospital, Govind Ballabh Pant Hospital, Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and Lady Hardinge Hospital in the national capital on Tuesday resumed with senior doctors and consultants attending to the patients.

Earlier, the All India Institute of Medical Sciences (AIIMS) resident doctors had warned that if their demand was not met, they would go on strike on December 29th as well.

On December 24, the Indian Medical Association (IMA) wrote a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi to resolve the NEET-PG counselling crisis and augment manpower to face a possible third wave of COVID-19 infections.

The NEET PG exam was scheduled to be held in January 2021 but postponed following the second wave of COVID-19. The exam was finally held on September 12, 2021.

However, the counselling for the same is yet to start as the July 29 notification of the Medical Counselling Committee (MCC) providing 27 per cent reservation for other backward class (OBCs) and 10 per cent quota for economically weaker sections (EWS) in the NEET-PG (All India Quota) was challenged in the Supreme Court.

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