Doctors at PGIMS Rohtak went on an indefinite strike on Thursday in solidarity with the MBBS student protests against the bond policy . The state government has been indifferent to the protests, but the students are still protesting .
Chandigarh: After MBBS students opposed the state governments bond program, Anil Vij said on Friday that he was hoping for a prompt resolution to the problem.When asked whether doctors at Rohtak's PGIMS hospital went on an indefinite strike in solidarity with continuing MBBS student protests against the bond policy, Mr Vij said he spoke with the chief minister on the matter.I spoke with the chief minister and officials concerned, and I'm optimistic that the issue will be settled in a day or two, Mr Vij told reporters.He assured the doctors on strike that protesting was their political right, but that they should also keep patients' concerns in mind.Barring medical and surgical services, OPDs (outpatient departments), wards, and elective surgeries will be open for an indefinite period until our needs are met, according to PGIMS Rohtak Resident Doctors Association president Dr. Ankit Gulia.Also read: A court rejects a petition challenging a rule setting for preparing the MBBS 1st Year Exam.Students at PGIMS and other medical colleges in Haryana have been staging demonstrations for the past three weeks against the state's bond program.Only those candidates who deposited the Rs 10 lakh bond under the Manohar Lal Khattar-led government's November 2020 scheme would be considered for admission to MBBS courses in government medical colleges in the forthcoming academic year, according to the government. Despite the state governments' assurance, some of the protesting students said that accepting the bond fee at the time of admission would not serve the intended purpose because they would have to return the loan amount to the bank with interest.Meanwhile, Bhupinder Singh Hooda, the state assembly leader, slammed the government's alleged insensitive attitude for the burgeoning opposition among MBBS students against the bond policy on Friday.Students at state medical colleges are demonstrating for a month, according to the former chief minister, but the state government is still indifferent and callous.Also read MBBS In a Regional Language: Doctors Doctors Randeep Singh Surjewala, the head of the Khattar government, has slammed the idea. Mr Surjewala tweeted in Hindi, apologizing to the residents of the state who are suffering.Mr Surjewala also posted an office order dated November 24 issued by PGIMS Rohtak authorities, which said that MBBS students who are on strike are told to immediately cancel it and only then will their demands for revisions to the bond policy be resolved.According to the order, if the strike is called off immediately, steps will be taken that would include a 24-hour leave of hostels (by the hostellers).Students are on hunger strike and protest in PGI Rohtak, but the government has opted to remain passive to their demonstrations, and it seems that the students' suffering makes no difference to the government. In a statement, Mr Hooda said that the patients are facing a number of challenges as a result of their strike.Instead of breaking the deadlock, the government is now actively engaged in trying to escalate it into a confrontation, according to the Congress leader.The government is instead preying on the innocent wants of the students, rather than accepting them.According to him, students are being threatened with expulsion from the hostel and an FIR against them. In ten states, no bond scheme is in force.The 17 states that adopted the bond system have also provided government jobs to their students.The bond amount and tenure in all states are lower than Haryana.Not only that, but in nearly all states, the government and the students are in common.