Education Minister says Medical Education Bill cannot be withdrawn
KATHMANDU: Minister for Education, Science and Technology Giriraj Mani Pokhrel today ruled out the possibility of withdrawing the Medical Education Bill. He, however, said that some revisions could be made in the Bill.
Speaking at a press meet organised at the Ministry of Education today, Minister Pokhrel said, "There is no possibility to withdraw the Bill as it has already entered the parliamentary process."
The minister's statement comes in response to protesting Dr Govinda KC, who has demanded withdrawal of the Bill. Dr KC has been staging a hunger-strike in Jumla for the past 20 days putting forth his six-point demands including reforms in medical education and health sector.
Education Minister Pokhrel said, "The main spirit of the Bill has not contrasted the report by Mathema Commission. The issue is not as it has been interpreted outside. All reports will not be made into laws. We cannot uphold the ordinance related to the Bill brought by erstwhile Nepali Congress-led government."
Meanwhile, the government had sent a helicopter this morning to bring back Dr KC to Kathmandu in a bid to save his life. Minister Pokhrel said that Chief Minister and Internal Affairs Minister of Karnali Province as well as Vice-Chancellor of the Karnali Academy of Health Sciences have been urged to help bring Dr KC to Kathmandu.
However, as the government prepared to airlift Dr KC from Karnali Academy of Health Sciences (KAHS) in Jumla, massive protests erupted at the premises of the institution injuring many.
The Education Minister further said that discussion on the matter could be held in line with the parliamentary process if Dr KC returned back to Kathmandu.
He stated that the government had prioritised to save Dr KC's life. Adding that staging hunger-strike and demonstration by health sector was a bad practice, Minister Pokharel said educational institutions should not be made a place of such demonstration.