News By/Courtesy: Daksh Dave | 03 Jun 2020 19:33pm IST

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  • AAP
  • MBBS
  • Protests

Protesting against the government's decision to increase the MBBS fee by around 80 percent, doctors and students of the Government Medical College (GMC), Amritsar, wore 'black badges' on Wednesday, while workers of the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) gheraoed OP Soni's medical education minister in Rani Ka Bagh. Protesters said the Punjab government had taken an "anti-people and anti-poor move" that would make medical education difficult for the middle class and economically disadvantaged parts.

Dr. Vaibhav Chawla, president of the Amritsar Medical Student Association, said, "About 1,000 graduates, interns, senior citizens, and GMC faculty members, Amritsar, wear black badges to demonstrate unity towards the plutocratic government's decision. MBBS students also staged a peaceful protest on college premises. "The government earlier increased the MBBS rate by 160 percent in 2015 and now planned another 80 percent hike. The price for MBBS courses in Punjab is now the highest in India. It's about 55% more than in other nations. Non-meritorious students from rich families will now be admitted, "he said.

Meanwhile, the APP workers held a protest march from Valmiki Chowk to the residence of the Minister of Medical Education. The march was attended by Barnala AAP MLA Meet Hayer, Suman AAP MLA Aman Arora, and AAP state youth wing president Manjinder Singh. Majha Zone AAP Member Kuldeep Dhaliwal said, "About 200 AAP members raised slogans against the minister after he went to his home. Earlier, we came to learn that the minister was in Patiala, so we handed over a letter to his office staff, demanding a roll-back of the hike fee decision.

"The MBBS tuition in government-run colleges in the state has been raised 12 times in 10 years and the 80 percent raise would be a drawback for prospective doctors," he added. "The government is loading its wallets by hiking students' fees at a point when they are working as frontline warriors in the war against the COVID 19 outbreak. Instead of rising the price, the government should increase the wages of doctors and interns," said Dhaliwal, adding that AAP will step up its protest if the government does not revoke the decision.

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Section Editor: Pushpit Singh | 04 Jun 2020 5:17am IST


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