Delhi’s Junior Doctors In Strategy Meet For Protest Over NEET: 10 Points

Delhi’s Junior Doctors In Strategy Meet For Protest Over NEET: 10 Points

Allocation of colleges for NEET postgraduate students have been caught in a legal deadlock.

New Delhi:
Junior doctors protesting against the delay in college allotments of postgraduate medical students are holding a meeting to decide whether they will continue their protest or call it off till the Supreme Court hearing on the NEET issue on January 6.

Here are the Top 10 points in this big story:

  1. Pointing to the Covid situation and the looming challenge of Omicron, which has created huge pressure on hospitals and medical professionals, junior doctors have threatened a complete shutdown of medical services if fresh hands are not brought in.

  2. The protesting doctors contend that the delay in counselling and college allotments after the National Eligibility cum Entrance Test, or NEET, is unacceptable, especially now.

  3. The protesters have claimed that since yesterday, they faced a brutal police crackdown, and thousands were detained. Today, they were stopped from marching to the Supreme Court where the matter is pending.

  4. At a meeting with the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association or FORDA this evening, Health Minister Mansukh Mandavia asked them to call off their strike.

  5. Sources said the ministry has assured that the report of a three-member committee, formed to review the EWS quota, will be placed before court in the January 6 hearing.

  6. The Health Minister has also expressed regret about yesterday’s confrontation between the Delhi Police and resident doctors, sources said.

  7. Last week, the Indian Medical Association — the top organization of doctors in the country — wrote to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, seeking intervention in the crisis.

  8. “As the NEET-PG exam was not held in January 2021, the aggressive second wave was handled by limited manpower of doctors and resulted in the loss of more than 2,000 noble professional souls in the Covid war… At that time, 1,60,000 doctors were waiting for the examination to be held,” the IMA said in a statement.

  9. The Supreme Court is hearing a bunch of petitions against the government’s decision to provide 10 per cent quota for the Economically Weaker Sections in NEET admissions. Under a 2019 law, a general category student whose family earns less than Rs 8 lakh a year is eligible for this reservation.

  10. The government has told the court that it will review the criteria and the next hearing is on January 6. The admissions process and the allocation of colleges for NEET undergraduate and postgraduate students have been caught in the legal deadlock.  

Assam Press