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Parliament endorses health education bill; Dr KC ends fast unto death

By Our Reporter
Both houses of the federal parliament endorsed the National Medical Education Bill amidst opposition from the Nepali Congress and Dr Govinda KC.
The ruling Nepal Communist Party, as stated by the Nepali Congress, showed its totalitarian attitude while passing the bill, as it was passed when the House meetings were obstructed by the NC. It is against the established practice to continue the House meeting when it is being obstructed.
The NCP leaders though included many of the demands raised by Dr. Govinda KC in the bill, they drafted the bill in such a way that B and C Hospital of Birtamode owned by Durga Prasain would be allowed to run a medical college.
As speculated earlier Prime Minister K P Sharma Oli and NCP chair Pushpa Kamal Dahal made the B and C Hospital as an issue of prestige and endorsed the bill in the strength of a two-thirds majority in the House.
The communist government looked so insensitive towards Dr. Govinda KC and his hunger strike that they hired a man to stage a counter hunger strike and denied listening to the public. However, their acts eroded the popularity of the NCP as people knew well that the ruling party violated the parliamentary norms to please Prasain.
As the government showed its total indifference to Dr. KC’s fast-unto-death, he ended his 16th hunger strike on the 24th day at the pressure of civil society and NC president Sher Bahadur Deuba.
Likewise, the government killed the essence of the agreement reached between Dr KC and the government in the past by not mentioning the ‘report of the Mathema Commission’ in the preamble of the Bill. This will ease the court to explain bill in favour of the businessmen.
Anyway, Dr. KC ended his strike and an unwanted situation has been averted this time. Had he continued his strike and had the government continued to ignore it, unwanted situation could have arisen in the country.

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