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Junior docs firm on demands - Senior medicos, nurses lend support to strike

telegraphindia:Ranchi, Jan. 20: The junior resident doctors of Rajendra Institute of Medical Sciences (RIMS) are in no mood to call off their strike unless all their demands are fulfilled.

The medicos made this clear on Tuesday, a day after Governor Syed Sibtey Razi asked officials concerned to take necessary steps to end the strike.

But instead of giving into the pressure, the striking doctors stepped up their agitation that entered the sixth day today. They took out a procession on the RIMS premises. Further, vowing to make it a nationwide strike, they appealed to senior doctors and Indian Medical Association to support their cause. And the pleas did not go unheard.

Not only senior resident doctors of RIMS, even nurses working on contract basis came forward to extend moral support to the protesters. While the senior medicos showed their solidarity with their juniors by wearing black ribbons at work, the nurses decided to advocate for their cause. Even students of All India Institute of Medical Sciences and a number of medical colleges in Bihar, Orissa and Rajasthan voiced their support.

In such a scenario, state health secretary Pradeep Kumar's attempts to convince the agitating doctors to call off their strike fell on deaf ears. Kumar visited RIMS around 4pm today. The governor had asked Kumar to personally talk to the doctors for ending the strike.

"We did not pay attention to the health secretary's statements because he had failed to fulfil our demands on January 1 despite giving a written assurance," a junior doctor said.

The doctors' demands are :
  1. Withdrawal of police cases against RIMS students
  2. Action against officer in charge of Bariatu police station Waquar Hussain and city police deputy superintendent Mahesh Paswan. The duo allegedly played mute spectators while residents of Bariatu Bustee beat up the junior doctors on RIMS campus on December 27, 2008.
  3. Construction of a boundary wall around RIMS campus
  4. Establishment of a permanent picket of armed jawans on the premises
  5. A provision for non-bailable warrant against those assaulting doctors on duty and
  6. Payment of proper salary to junior doctors.

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