Fast will continue if bill is passed allowing opening of medical colleges: Dr KC

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A file photo of Dr Govinda KC (Setopati files/Narayan Maharjan)

Dr Govinda KC, who is in his 11th fast unto death for the past 18 days, has said he will not end his fast if the government were to pass the medical education bill in a way to provide affiliation to private medical colleges.

Dr KC, who has been waging a nonviolent war of truth for reform in medical education sector, has said so even as the Women, Children, Elderly and Social Welfare Committee of the parliament, chaired by CPN-UML lawmaker Ranju Jha is preparing to pass the bill with a provision to open affiliation for medical colleges, and table it at the House meeting on Thursday itself.

"I want to remind you that the demands that can be fulfilled in a few hours by the government have not been fulfilled even as our nonviolent movement for truth has entered the 18th day today," a press statement issued in the name of Dr KC states. "Our attention has been drawn to the fact that the lawmakers elected by the people and being remunerated with taxpayers' money have been trying to pass the Medical Education bill for their vested commercial interest against the interest of 30 million Nepalis and hundreds of thousands of students," the statement adds.

Dr KC has reiterated that he will not end his fast until the bill is moved forward including the provisions of Kedar Bhakta Mathema committee's report and his personal recommendations. 
Member of the parliamentary committee and Nepali Congress (NC) lawmaker Jeevan Pariyar confirmed that the medical education bill tabled in the parliament by the KP Oli government to address Dr KC's demands is being passed by adding a sentence 'there will, however, be no obstruction in providing affiliation to the educational institutions that have received letter of intent before this act came into force, and meet the requirements for physical infrastructure set by the bodies concerned' to clause 13 of the bill.  
A few medical colleges including Manmohan Memorial Institute of Health Sciences, financed by UML leaders and cadres, Nepal Police Hospital, People's Dental and National in Kathmandu, and B&C of Jhapa have already received such letters of intent.  
"Our campaign is not against any individual or party. We firmly believe that the state should open institutions in the name of deceased political leaders of any party with an aim of service, and their name should not be associated with any kind of profit-oriented institution," the statement further says. "It is also the duty of the state to implement the past agreements reached with us to the letter."