‘No point holding talks with govt’

Kathmandu, July 18

Dr Govinda KC, who has been on a fast-unto-death in Jumla since June 30, has said that there is no point in holding talks with the government team that is not mandated to take any decision.

A press release issued by Dr KC states, “The government is simply trying to shirk responsibility by forming a talks team, which has not been given any authority to take decisions. This proves that the government is not serious about addressing our demands.”

The release also stated that until the government created an environment conducive to talks, there was no point in holding any dialogue. “We demand that the government withdraw the National Medical Education Bill registered at the Parliament Secretariat and form a talks team with full mandate to take decisions. Only then will we sit for talks,” it added.

Dr Mukti Ram Shrestha, president of National Medical Association and a representative of Dr KC, taking to The Himalayan Times yesterday had said that the government talks team had ‘sought a letter acknowledging the team members as representatives of Dr KC.

Dr Shrestha had also said that no ‘official talks’ were held with the government team.

The Cabinet on Monday had formed a three-member committee led by Secretary at the Ministry of Education, Science and Technology Khaga Raj Baral to hold talks with Dr KC.

Secretary Baral had also said that they did not receive any official letter from the government to hold talks with Dr KC, although the two sides have held informal talks.

Meanwhile, a press release issued by National Medical Association today said that the talks team formed by the government was not given full mandate to take decisions. It said the talks team was only focused on bringing Dr KC to Kathmandu. The NMA has announced closure of all services, except emergency, in hospitals across the country tomorrow.