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Delhi doctors protest

Resident doctors in Delhi, led by the Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association (FORDA), have been protesting against the repeated delay in the NEET-PG 2021 counselling. They have been protesting for the last ten days, boycotting all medical services, including emergency services across hospitals in the national capital. The agitating doctors have also threatened mass resignation if the government doesn’t expedite the NEET-PG counselling listed in the Supreme Court. As the protest continued, the evening took a dramatic turn, with both medics and police personnel claiming several injuries in the ensuing melee.

The RDAs across the nation have been protesting since November 27 against the multiple postponements of the NEET-PG 2021 counselling. Massive protests begin for the subsequent admission of the fresh batch of resident doctors in medical colleges. They had boycotted the emergency and the routine services in hospitals from December 6. Doctors had suspended their agitation for a week “given the developments over the issue in the last few days and the death of Chief of Defence Staff Gen Bipin Rawat and others in a copter crash.

The admissions for NEET-PG were delayed due to the dispute over revising the income criteria for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota.

The admissions for NEET-PG were delayed due to the dispute over revising the income criteria for the Economically Weaker Sections (EWS) quota from the current upper limit of Rs 8 lakh a year. The RDAs have urged the Union Government and the Supreme Court of India to take note of the grievances of resident doctors of the nation. They further asked to take necessary measures to expedite the NEET-PG 2021 counselling and the admission process and fast-track the court proceedings on an urgent basis. An FIR has been registered under relevant sections of the Indian Penal Code for Covid violations, rioting and damage to public property, among others, police said.

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