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March 24, 1981, Forty Years Ago: Gujarat talks on

The anti-reservationist medicos from Gujarat have evolved four formulas to end the deadlock on the complex issue of reservation of seats at the post-graduate level in medical colleges.

By: Editorial |
March 24, 2021 3:20:01 am
A spokesperson of the medicos, however, made it clear that all these formulae were “negotiable,” and they would not take a rigid stance on the matter in the meeting with the prime minister.

The anti-reservationist medicos from Gujarat have evolved four formulas to end the deadlock on the complex issue of reservation of seats at the post-graduate level in medical colleges. A spokesperson of the medicos, however, made it clear that all these formulae were “negotiable,” and they would not take a rigid stance on the matter in the meeting with the prime minister. Before the meeting, the prime minister held talks with special emissary Jaisukhlal Hathi and Union ministers P V Narasimha Rao and Giani Zail Singh. According to confirmed sources, an agreement is on the card, though the doctors are reconciled to the fact that reservation will continue, with different provisions in areas requiring specialists.

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Antulay’s paper

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