Kathmandu, September 4
Government representatives and Dr Govinda KC’s talks team today agreed to sign a six-point deal after the government expressed commitment to implementing Dr KC’s demands.
However, the deal could not be signed today as KC sought time until tomorrow morning. KC has been staging fast-unto-death for the past 12 days now. He ended his hunger strike after the government assured him of implementing agreements reached with him earlier.
“I, on behalf of the government, and the talks team from Dr KC’s side today prepared a document for signing the deal. However, the signing could not happen today after KC sought time until tomorrow morning. I hope the agreement will be signed tomorrow morning,” said Chairperson of the National Planning Commission Govinda Raj Pokharel, led the government’s talks’ team.
A member of Dr KC’s talks’ team Dr Jiwan Kshetrey said, “We have made tangible progress. An agreement between KC and the government will likely be signed tomorrow.”
Sources said both sides have agreed on all things, except Dr KC’s two demands — end of political power-sharing in appointment of vice-chancellors in universities and action against corrupt officials in the medical education sector.
The veteran orthopaedic surgeon at the TU Teaching Hospital, Maharajgunj was on his sixth hunger strike, putting forth a charter of eight-point demand for reforms in medical education and health sector.
A version of this article appears in print on September 05, 2015 of The Himalayan Times.