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Mansukh Mandaviya urges protesting resident doctors to call off strike over NEET PG counselling delay  

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya said all requisite steps are being taken by the government and a suitable reply with respect to the EWS report will be submitted to Supreme Court before the scheduled date of hearing on January 6.

By: PTI | New Delhi |
Updated: December 28, 2021 7:09:19 pm
NEET PG counselling delayUnion Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya (PTI/File)

Union Health Minister Mansukh Mandaviya on Tuesday held a meeting with a delegation of protesting resident doctors and urged them to call off their strike over delay in NEET PG counselling in the larger interest of the public.

Following the detailed meeting with the delegation of the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), he said all requisite steps are being taken by the government and a suitable reply with respect to the EWS report will be submitted to Supreme Court before the scheduled date of hearing on January 6.

“Our resident doctors have been protesting for the last few days over the delay in NEET PG counselling. I held a meeting with a delegation of the protesting doctors at Nirman Bhawan to resolve the issue.”, the minister told PTI.

“We are not able to do the counselling because the matter is sub judice before the Supreme Court. The government of India will submit a reply to the apex court before the scheduled date of hearing on January 6. We request the court to expedite the issue so that the counselling can be started at the earliest,” he noted.

Mandaviya also expressed gratitude to the resident doctors and health care workers for the exemplary work done by them during the Covid crisis.

Intensifying their stir over the delay in NEET-PG 2021 counselling, a large number of resident doctors on Tuesday protested on the premises of Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, even as police personnel was deployed to ensure maintenance of law and order.

The protest, a day earlier had taken a dramatic turn, as medics and police personnel had faced off in streets, with both sides claiming several persons suffered injury in the ensuing melee.

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