Mangalore: Addressing media persons during a press meet held at Mangalore Press Club, Dr GK Bhat Sankabittulu-President of Indian Medical Association said, ” Indian Medical association has decided to postpone its Satyagraha. The Central government has asked 6 weeks time to sort out the issue. In the wake of the promise given by the central government, IMA has decided to postpone the Satyagraha”.
“National IMA has been perusing five community oriented demands for over a year. IMA had given a protest notice to Prime Minister, Union Health Minister, Minister for Consumer Affairs, Home Minister and Union Law Minister in reference to the Observation of a Protest Day/Satyagraha on November 16th. IMA had also sent the copy of this letter to all the Members of Parliament on 1/11/2015. IMA stated a successful signature campaign on emedinexus, and the same was signed by over 50,000 members of IMA. IMA with emedinexus also organised an interactive webcast with Attorney General Mr Mukul Rohatgi on these issues” added Dr Bhat.
He further said, “Attorney General suggested that for all the demands inter-ministerial coordination committee was required, involving health, home, consumer, law ministries along with MCI and IMA. IMA was called for a discussion by the Union Health Minister on the 5 issues that were raised on 10/11/2015. A very detailed discussion on all issues were made. The meeting was also attended by the Union Health Secretary. Union Health Minister agreed on all the major issues and the solutions suggested by IMA. Most of these issues require amendment of existing Acts”.
He also said, “Health Minister agreed and constituted a time bound committee consisting of the Additional Secretary Health, Joint Secretary Law, Joint Secretary Home, Joint Secretary Home and Joint Secretary Consumer Affairs. The committee will have three representatives of IMA (IMA insisted for the same) and one from MCI. The committee will study all the suggestions and amendments given by Indian Medical Association on all five issues and submit a report within six weeks (before the central council meet). The ministry will than expeditiously act on the suggestions and amendments. IMA had discussions with senior leaders and all felt that it was the right step. In the history of IMA it has happened for the first time that a joint inter-ministerial committee has been formed by the government to look into the amendments and suggestions given by IMA”
While concluding Dr Bhat said “The health Minister has also agreed to address the Central Council meeting in Delhi. It’s a victory of Team IMA and shows the strength of our signature campaign and mass preparedness for the event. Team IMA is grateful to the enthusiasm and commitment given by all members, state leaders and senior leaders and specially thank Mr. Mukul Rohatgi and emedinexus for their timely help. Taking into consideration of the above facts and sequences Team IMA is POSTPONING the protest from November 16th. The enthusiasm and commitment given by all members, state leaders and senior leaders have given Team IMA the courage to make this deal. But keep up the preparedness in case we have to go ahead with the protest”.
Also present in the press conference are Dr. Amritha Bhandary, designated president of IMA Mangalore, designated Secretary Dr. Prithvi Shetty and the Honorary Secretary Dr. Shekar Poojary.