PM: KC’s stance impractical

  • Directs party MPs to strongly defend the government’s stance on medical education bill
- Post Report, Kathmandu

Jul 10, 2018-

Calling Dr Govinda KC’s demands “impractical”, Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli has directed Nepal Communist Party (NCP) lawmakers to strongly defend the government’s stance that not all of the fasting surgeon’s concerns can be addressed.

PM Oli’s statement comes at a time when Dr KC, the crusader for reforms in the country’s medical education sector, has been staging a hunger strike in Jumla for the last ten days. Doctors looking after him say he is “not in a condition to speak”.

Some of Dr KC’s demands are that new medical colleges should not be established in Kathmandu Valley for the next 10 years and that a single university cannot give affiliation to more than five medical colleges. Addressing a meeting of the NCP Parliamentary Party here on Monday, PM Oli said it was impractical to block new medical colleges for 10 years in the Valley, according to PM Oli’s secretariat.

“We must first study how many colleges are necessary for a particular discipline. Then only can we determine the [number of] affiliations,” Oli was quoted as saying. He clarified that the Medical Education Bill was registered in Parliament in line with the government’s annual policies and programmes.

“We cannot stop hospitals that have built the infrastructure necessary for running a medical college and force Nepalis to go abroad to pursue medical degrees,” the PM said. Also the leader of the NCP Parliamentary Party, Oli accused the opposition Nepali Congress of looking for issues to attack the government.

“Having sent someone to Jumla for a hunger strike, some people are shouting at the streets of Kathmandu,” PM Oli said, in a veiled reference to NC members.

Meanwhile, referring to the surrender of Chhabilal Poudel, the main accused in the 2004 murder of Krishna Prasad Adhikari of Fujel, Gorkha, the prime minister said the remaining issues of the peace process would also be concluded soon.

Published: 10-07-2018 07:31

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