Health minister orders inquiry into GDC strike

Health minister orders inquiry into GDC strike
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Students stick to demand of action against HoD

Rayees Magray

Srinagar: Health and Medical Education minister Bali Baghat Wednesday said that the Deputy Commissioner, Srinagar has been asked to submit an inquiry report about the strike at Government Dental College Srinagar within two days and get the issues resolved.
He said the academics and patient care at the institute should not be allowed to suffer anymore, adding that the action will be taken as per the recommendation that will be made in the report.
Bali’s comments came as the strike by students at the college against physical and mental harassment of students by a faculty member entered sixth day.
Despite rains and harsh weather the students continued their protest at Shereen Bagh campus on Wednesday.
The student said that despite submitting a complaint with the principal against the HOD Orthodontics, Dr Muhammad Mushtaq, no action was taken against him for two and a half months.
On Tuesday the administration warned the students of action if they failed to resume the academics and patient care.
Accusing the administration of shielding the concerned faculty member, the students threatened to go on a hunger strike from Monday if their grievances were not addressed.
The strike had not only affected the academics of the students, but also the patient care at the institute.
Meanwhile, Doctors’ Association of Kashmir (DAK) and The Jammu & Kashmir Dental Surgeons Association (JKDSA) who are supporting the student strike have threatened state-wide agitation if the demands of the students are not met at the earliest.
The students of Indira Gandhi Government Dental College & Hospital, Jammu also took out a protest in the campus, in solidarity with the fellow students in Srinagar.

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