Kathmandu, September 11
Dr Govinda KC has postponed his fast-unto-death scheduled to begin from today till September 18.
Earlier on Tuesday, the orthopaedic surgeon of the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj had served a three-day ultimatum to the government to implement the 11-point agreement.
He had threatened to resume his hunger strike for the seventh time if the government failed to implement the agreement by Thursday.
“I would like to inform that the government expressed its commitment to seriously implement the agreements through a letter today. Therefore, I have decided to give one week to the government to implement the issues related to MBBS and Bachelor of Dental Surgery seats and form Medical Education Commission in line with the 11-point deal.
If the government fails implement its words by September 17, I will resume my hunger strike from the next day,” a press statement issued by Dr KC said.
The government had pledged to get the recent 11-point agreement endorsed by the first Cabinet meeting after signing the deal on September 6. But the agreement was not endorsed by the Cabinet meeting held the next day, he explained.
Dr KC had called off his sixth hunger strike on the 14th day after concluding a deal with a government team co-led by Chief Secretary Somlal Subedi and National Planning Commission Vice-Chairperson Dr Govind Raj Pokharel. The Cabinet meeting has directed its Social Committee to discuss formation of Medical Education Commission with stakeholders as per the agreement with Dr KC.
A version of this article appears in print on September 12, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.