Dr Govinda KC, orthopaedic surgeon at the Tribhuvan University Teaching Hospital who has staged a series of hunger strikes demanding reforms in the country’s medical education sector, broke his fourteenth fast on Saturday on the basis of an agreement reached with the government on Friday evening.
Health Minister Deepak Bohara had signed the deal with Dr KC, on the fifth day of his hunger strike aimed primarily at judges who decided cases “in favour of the medical mafia”.
Dr KC ended his indefinite fast by drinking juice offered by Nathuniya Mochi, a cobbler based on the TUTH premises. According to the five-point deal, the government will form a committee within a week to give the Medical Education Commission its complete shape.
Also, based on the decision of the Supreme Court, the tenure of Dr Jagdish Prasad Agrawal, as the dean of the Institute of Medicine (IoM), TU, would be continued.
Other agreements include calling a meeting of the Tribhuvan University senate to take necessary steps to restore the rights and power of the IoM and to release necessary budget for funding reforms at the TU Teaching Hospital concerning infrastructure development, human resource management and public service.
The deal, however, remains silent on the resignation of Chief Justice Gopal Parajuli, the primary demand of Dr KC when he embarked on the fast on January 8.
It is learnt that since the SC has demanded original files on the controversy surrounding CJ Parajuli, both the sides agreed not to take up the matter related to the case sub judice in court.