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MP Raju Bista takes oath in Nepali, wins hearts in Darjeeling
Darjeeling: Darjeeling MP Raju Bista on Tuesday took his oath in Parliament as a member of the 17th Lok Sabha. He took his oath in Nepali, much to the welcome of people from Darjeeling and Gorkhas all over the country.
Nepali is one of the 8th Schedule languages recognised by the Constitution of India. Sikkim MP Indra Hang Subba also took his oath in Nepali earlier on Tuesday.
Wearing a traditional ‘Gorkha Topi’, Raju Bista ended his pledge with Jai Hind, Jai Gorkha, Jai Shree Ram', much to the cheers of other members present in Parliament. "Bista’s oath in Nepali has sent a positive message for the Gorkha community spread across India," a press statement released by Bista said.
Welcoming the gesture of the MP, a young supporter of the MP said, “It is inspiring to see young leaders speaking in their own language at such important places like Parliament. This is an indication that there is a growing awareness and consciousness about our language and culture among the youth. I appreciate both Raju Bista and Indra Hang Subba for their decisions.”
When asked about his decision to take the oath in Nepali, Bista said: "For every one of us, mother tongue is the first life skill we develop, understand, and learn. However, today there is very less attention given to native languages in terms of educational and career opportunities. I hope that in coming days, there will be more opportunities made available to support and promote local languages.”

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Darjeeling MP Raju Bista helps family locate ‘missing’ man in UAE
Darjeeling: A man working in a United Arab Emirates (UAE)-based company was on Tuesday reunited with his family members in his native Darjeeling district of West Bengal after he went “missing” for over a week, thanks to the intervention of newly-elected Darjeeling MP Raju Bista.
The man, Prabin Dhakal, had lost all contact with his family members after he fell ill and was admitted to a hospital in Abu Dhabi.
As per reports, upon being approached by Dhakal’s family, MP Bista wrote to the Union ministry of external affairs and the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi seeking their help to locate and find any information about the ‘missing’ man.
In a quick response to his request, the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi wrote that Dhakal was admitted at the MAFARQ Hospital and was undergoing treatment since June 10.
“The management of the employer company of Prabin in UAE, Southern Food and Catering services LLC (SFC), is providing all the support for his treatment and will decide upon his employment continuation or repatriation to India based on his medical report,” wrote the embassy wrote back.

“The family is relieved to know about Prabin’s whereabouts and confirmed that they have spoken with him,” MP Bista said in a press statement.
Appreciating their efforts in locating Dhakal, MP Bista thanked the MEA’s office and the Indian embassy in Abu Dhabi. “I hope he gets well soon. I also thank the Indian mission in UAE for taking such good care of Indian citizens working there,” he added.
Meanwhile, in order to ensure that the MP’s office has an easy access to everyone at all times, Bista announced a dedicated phone number and said that he will personally respond to all calls on a daily basis.
“For any MP-related work or information to be shared, I request you all to contact the office at +91 7303932706 or send a WhatsApp message any time,” he said.

Five sport climbers of Mountaineering Association of Jammu and Kashmir namely Shivani Charak, Mrityunjay Sharma, Ajay Deep Singh, Asma Gul and Arun Deep Singh left today for Darjeeling to participate in the IMF All India Bouldering and Lead Climbing competition
JAMMU, June 18: Five sport climbers of Mountaineering Association of Jammu and Kashmir namely Shivani Charak, Mrityunjay Sharma, Ajay Deep Singh, Asma Gul and Arun Deep Singh left today for Darjeeling to participate in the IMF All India Bouldering and Lead Climbing competition scheduled to be held at Himalayan Mountaineering Institute, Darjeeling from June 21 to 23, 2019. Shivani Charak, an international climber is the coach cum manager of the team.
All the climbers had strenuous workouts for 21 days at Tenzing Norgay Sport Climbing wall in the Sprawling Buds ICSE School Campus, Bantalab, here under the supervision of Abhimanyu Sherpa, former All India Champion and Shilpa Charak, senior climber before the team was screened by the officials of J&K State Sports Council headed by Divisional Sports Officer, Ravi Singh.
The team is well balanced with potential winners Shivani Charak, an international climber, Ajay Deep Singh, who won two gold medals in the last All India Competition at Delhi, Arun Deep Singh, who secured 4th rank in both Speed climbing and Bouldering in the last such competition, Mrityunjay Sharma and Asma Gul, both very strong and talented climbers and ranked in the top-10 climbers in the country.
The state team has been sponsored by J&K State Sports Council.

Darjeeling Municipality at Night view
Kolkata: The state government on Tuesday appointed an administrator to run Darjeeling Municipality for six months or till the newly elected councillors take over. The additional district magistrate (general) has been appointed as the administrator. The Darjeeling Municipality was dissolved on Tuesday and an administrator appointed vide an order from the Urban Development and Municipal Affairs Department, Government of West Bengal. The order (547/MA/O/C-4/1A-12/2019) dated 18.06.19 has appointed Additional District Magistrate (General) as Administrator of Darjeeling Municipality with immediate

effect. The order states that the municipality has been dissolved under sub-section (2) of section 431 of the West Bengal Municipal Act, 1993. With the dissolution of municipality an administrative vacuum has emerged which is "required to be filled up to ensure smooth running of public services in the municipal area of the said municipality in public interest," stated the order.

With the dissolution all powers and functions vested upon the municipal authorities under this Act or any other law in force shall be exercised by the administrator appointed by the state government added the order. The ADM (general,) Darjeeling, has been appointed as the Administrator of the Darjeeling Municipality with "immediate effect for a period not exceeding six months or until the newly elected Councillors take over charge, whichever is earlier," stated the order.

"We have received the order" confirmed Deepap Priya P, District Magistrate, Darjeeling. Incidentally, an impasse had occurred in the Darjeeling Municipality since May 29 with a group of councilors submitting a memorandum to Prativa Rai Tamang, Chairperson asking her to prove her majority. They claimed that they had 17 councillors with them in the existing house of 30 with the board owing allegiance to the Binay Tamang faction of the Gorkha Janmukti Morcha. Later, the councilors who had tried to bring the motion of no confidence stopped attending office. They were not seen in town and had even gone underground. The 17 suddenly resurfaced in Delhi on June 8 where they joined the BJP in the presence of senior BJP leaders. Since then they have not returned to Darjeeling and are still camping in Delhi.

West bengal junior doctors Meeting with CM Mamata Banerjee
KOLKATA, Jun 17: Doctors in West Bengal called off their week-long strike on Monday night after Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee assured them of steps to scale up security at government hospitals in the state.
A spokesperson of the joint forum of doctors told reporters here that the doctors will return to work as they want to give the state government some time to implement the promises.
“Our meeting and discussion with the CM met a logical end. We temporarily withdraw from our cease work. Considering everything we expect the government to solve the issues as discussed in due time,” he said after a meeting of the governing body at the Nil Ratan Sircar Medical College and hospital.
The announcement came hours after Banerjee held a meeting with representatives of the striking doctors at the state secretariat.
The junior doctors of Bengal had gone on strike on Tuesday protesting assault of their two colleagues by relatives and well wishers of a patient who died in NRS hospital on Monday last.
During the meeting to end the impasse, Banerjee asked police to appoint nodal officers for security of doctors at all government hospital in the state.
The doctors’ delegation apprised Banerjee of the problems they have been facing at medical colleges and hospitals and said they fear for their safety.
West Bengal health secretary, MoS Chandrima Bhattacharya and other state officials were present in the meeting, besides 31 junior doctors.
The end of the strike came as a big relief to hundreds of patients as health services were paralysed across the state for a week.
“We have decided in our governing body meeting that we will be returning to work as soon as possible,” the spokesperson for doctors’ forum said.
“We want to thank the chief minister for giving us some time. We want to give the state government some time to implement the promises they made to us. We also thank the common people…. We also seek forgiveness from them who have suffered the most,” he said.
The junior doctors also thanked the chief minister for visiting injured doctor Paribaha Mukhopadhyay at the hospital where he was undergoing treatment.
“We are happy for that. She had promised us and went to see Paribaha at the hospital,” the spokesperson said. (PTI)

Bengal Doctors strike leads Nationwide doctors strike
Doctors’ strike Today India LIVE News Updates: Representatives from medical colleges are holding a meeting with West Bengal Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee at Nabanna. The representatives were formally invited for a meeting to end the ongoing impasse. The government has made arrangements for live transmission of the meeting as no media persons are allowed inside the state secretariat.
The Indian Medical Association (IMA), on the other hand, is observing a nationwide strike, with the withdrawal of non-essential medical services, including OPD services, for 24 hours starting 6 am today. Emergency, casualty and ICU services, will remain unaffected. Doctors at AIIMS in the national capital, who had earlier decided to stay away, joined the protests after a junior doctor was assaulted at its trauma centre earlier today.
Meanwhile, the Supreme Court today said it will hear on June 18 a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country. The plea was filed on Friday in the wake of protests by doctors in Bengal against the assault on their colleagues by the family of a patient, who died on Monday night. The petition has also sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals across the country to ensure safety and security of doctors.

Indian Medical Association has called for a nationwide strike today. Doctors in Bengal have agreed to meet CM Mamata Banerjee to resolve the impasse. Follow LIVE updates in Bangla, Tamil and Malayalam

'Helpline number for assault on doctors': Representative suggests Mamata

The Chief Minister also asked a police officer to take note of a suggestion by a representative that a helpline number and an email to report an assault should be set up across hospitals.

CM continues to listen to grievances of protesting doctors

The Chief Minister continues to listen to the grievances of the representatives at Nabanna.

Mamata meets junior doctors' demands, directs formation of grievance redressal cell

During the meeting, the Chief Minister also directed the formation of grievance redressal units in all West Bengal hospitals as proposed by junior doctors.

Additional 125 police personnel inside NRS hospital: Health secretary Rajiv Sinha

During the meeting, Rajiv Sinha, the health secretary of the state, said the government will deploy additional 125 police personnel inside the NRS hospital to enhance security. The Chief Minister urged the doctors to frame a package to set up reinforced gates at emergency departments.

5 arrested in NRS incident: Mamata Banerjee tells doctors

"We have taken adequate measures, arrested five people involved in NRS hospital incident," Mamata Banerjee said.

Have always condemned attack against doctors, says Mamata Banerjee

After one of the representatives from Cooch Behar said, "We want you to stand beside junior doctors and support them. If you tell them, that it is not right to attack the doctors, it'll be better," Mamata replied, "We have always condemned the attack against the doctors." 

TMC leader Kunal Ghosh threatens to start fasting if doctors do not call of their protest

Trinamool Congress leader Kunal Ghosh sits in front of NRS Medical College and Hospital demanding withdrawl of protest by the junior doctors. He threatens to start fasting if the protest is not called of.

Only two tv channels allowed to cover Mamata-doctors meeting

Apart from West Bengal health secretary, MoS Chandrima Bhattacharya and state officials, 31 junior doctors are at the meeting with Banerjee. Only two regional news channels have been allowed to cover the meeting between Banerjee and junior doctors at the state secretariat.

Appoint one nodal officer at each hospital: Mamata tells cops

Among other suggestions, the Chief Minister said one nodal officer must be appointed to supervise the security situation at the hospital.

PR team to ensure communication with patients, says Mamata Banerjee

Mamata Banerjee also proposed setting up a Public Relations team for state hospitals to communicate with the patients. This team, she said, will be responsible for updating the patients' family with his/her condition. This will eliminate the risk of doctors being subject to unruly behaviour by the families of the patients, she said.

Two relatives to accompany patient in emergency cases, says Mamata Banerjee

The Chief Minister also asked the doctors to make a plan, incorporating the measures they want to be taken to step up security across all government hospitals. She also suggested a collapsible gate near the emergency section. In case of emergencies, only two relatives can accompany the patient, she said.

'Ensure no communication gap': Mamata asks doctors

Responding to the representatives' concerns, Mamata Banerjee said, "Ensure there is no communication gap between the patients and their relatives and the doctors."

Representatives seek stringent punishment against those attacking doctors

"We have come here with 12 demands. The punishment against the attackers should be such that a message is sent out to all. We understand the situation the public is in. But we have not option but to continue with the protest," the representative said.

Hopeful of appropriate laws against attacks on doctors: Representatives to Mamata

"We are hopeful that you will take appropriate measures to ensure our security," the representative told the Chief Minister.

'Working in the midst of fear': Representative tells Mamata Banerjee

"We are having to work in the midst of all the fear. We want to come to a solution and resume our work," the representative added.

Eager to return to work: Medical representative tells CM Mamata

"We have tried to talk to you previously on several occassions. We want to return to work at the earliest. But we cannot carry on this way (with the attacks)," one of the representatives said.

CM Mamata begins meeting in Nabanna

Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee begins addressing the representatives in Bengaluru.

Bengal: Mamata arrives for meeting at Nabanna

West Bengal: Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee arrives for meeting with representatives of doctors at Nabanna.

WATCH: West Bengal Health Department bus carrying representatives of doctors scheduled to meet CM Mamata Banerjee arrives in Nabanna.

Medical services in Karnataka hit as doctors protest, CM Kumaraswamy urges doctors to resume work

Hundreds of private hospitals, nursing homes and clinics in Karnataka suspended outpatient services today to join the nationwide protest. The strike had a telling effect on medical services as people struggled to get treatment in private hospitals. However, government hospitals remained open following a circular by the Commissioner of Health and Family Welfare and there was a huge rush of patients at these facilities since morning. Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy appealed to the doctors to attend to duty immediately. "Attack on Doctors is condemnable; thousands of patients will be affected if Doctors are on strike. Already at several hospitals patients have faced problem. The state government had issued a circular three days ago prohibiting the strike. Doctors should attend duty immediately," he had said in a tweet posted in Kannada. In another tweet earlier in the day, Kumaraswamy said assault on anyone was unacceptable and requested the doctors to ensure that their protest was peaceful and did not cause any problems to patients.

A state health department bus was arranged for the medical college representatives ahead of the meeting at Nabanna.

Telangana doctors boycott work

Doctors across Telangana also boycotted elective medical services in government and private hospitals, staged protests and took out rallies to protest against the attack on two junior doctors in Bengal. They condemned the attack on the junior doctors at the Kolkata hospital, staged sit-ins, took out rallies near hospitals in Hyderabad and other parts of the state, hitting medicare services. Holding placards that read "SAVE DOCTORS" and "Zero Tolerance To Healthcare Violence", they raised slogans for special protection law and sought security to prevent more attacks. They demanded that a commission be set up to probe the attacks on doctors.

Bengal: At least 32 representatives from medical colleges invited for meeting with CM

In Bengal, ahead of the meeting with the Chief Minister, the government has allowed the entry of three or four representatives from medical colleges in addition to the existing 28 members.

Bengal govt sets up live transmission, media persons not allowed

Ahead of the meeting, the state government has made arrangements of live transmission of the meeting. However, media persons will not be allowed to enter the meeting.

28,000 Gujarat doctors join nationwide stir, OPD services hit

Non-essential health services were affected in Gujarat on Monday as nearly 28,000 doctors boycotted work in response to their apex body IMA's strike call following attack on two medical practitioners in West Bengal, an official said. Junior doctors and interns held protests in Ahmedabad, Surat, Rajkot, Vadodara, Jamnagar and other major towns of the state and did not report to work in the Out-Patient Departments (OPDs) of various government and private hospitals, he said. (PTI)

Doctors' protest: Himachal doctors wear black bands in solidarity

Government doctors in Himachal Pradesh on Monday wore black bands to express solidarity with their protesting colleagues in West Bengal. In a meeting held at Indira Gandhi Medical College and Hospital here at 9 am, members of the Residents Doctors Association (RDA) decided not to observe a strike to take care of the admitted patients, said IGMC RDA general secretary Dr Bhartendu Negi. But the doctors were seen wearing black bands while discharging their duties. (PTI)

CM Banerjee to meet Bengal doctors today

The West Bengal government has written to the protesting doctors, saying that Banerjee has agreed for a meeting with them. As per the demands of the agitating doctors, the CM will meet with two representatives from each medical college. The meeting to be held at Nabanna at 3 pm will focus on the demands of the medicos and the meeting will be "recorded and duly communicated"

Injured Bengal doctor recovering well

The condition of Dr Paribaha Mukherjee, who was critically injured in an "assault" by a deceased patient's family in West Bengal, is recovering well. the medical bulletin issued by The Institute of Neurosciences, Kolkata on Monday said. The reports show no additional problems, it added

Doctors protest: SC to hear on Tuesday plea for safety, security of docs at govt hospitals

The Supreme Court on Tuesday will hear a plea seeking safety and security of doctors in government hospitals across the country. A vacation bench of Justices Deepak Gupta and Surya Kant agreed to list the matter for Tuesday after the counsel appearing for the petitioner, advocate Alakh Alok Srivastava, sought urgent hearing. The petition has also sought directions to Union ministries of home affairs and health and West Bengal to depute government-appointed security personnel at all state-run hospitals across the country to ensure safety and security of doctors. (PTI)

Visuals from Varanasi doctor's protest

Varanasi: Doctors on strike at Sir Sunderlal Hospital in Banaras Hindu University in the wake of violence against doctors in West Bengal

OPD services shut in NIMHANS

Though NIMHANS, Bengaluru,  is a government hospital, doctors from here are participating in the strike and have shut outpatient services. NIMHANS officials have asked doctors to report to service and have withheld registration for OPD cases. Patients are asked to register only if it is an emergency.

Private hospitals in Bangalore support doctor's protest

Officials from private hospitals and nursing homes association of Karnataka say that they are supporting the strike, but are not encouraging to doctors to go on a protest mode. They, however, say that OPD will be affected today and in-patient services would not be affected. Emergency services would go on as usual. Meanwhile, faculty of Ramaiah hospital including students are planning a silent protest at BEL road.

Assault on anyone is unacceptable: Karanataka CM H D Kumaraswamy

Karnataka Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy condemns attacks against doctors

10,000 resident doctors from 22 hospitals on strike: Delhi Medical Association

The Delhi Medical Association (DMA) and the Federation of Resident Doctors Association (FORDA) have extended their support to the strike. The Federation of Resident Doctors’ Association India said in a statement that 10,000 resident doctors from 22 hospitals will remain on strike on Monday. Emergency services, it said, will not be hampered. Private hospital administrations said they support the protest and if doctors want to strike work, they can do it at an individual level.

AIIMS joins protest after one of its doctor's assaulted

AIIMS decided to join the protest after a junior doctor at its trauma centre was assaulted in the early hours of Monday. The medico at the Jai Prakash Narayan Apex Trauma Centre was allegedly assaulted for "giving preferential care to a critical patient", the Resident Doctors' Association of AIIMS said in a statement. Doctors of the AIIMS also held a protest march in the campus between 8 am and 9 am. "We once again urge the West Bengal administration to fulfil the demands of the striking doctors and resolve the matter amicably at the earliest in the best interest of the general public," a statement issued by the RDA said, adding a meeting of its general body will be held at 6 pm to decide the further course of action.

Dilip Ghosh slams Mamata Banerjee for not visiting protesting doctors at NRS

State BJP president Dilip Ghosh criticised Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee for not paying a visit to the protesting doctors at NRS Medical College and Hospital. “She does not have time to visit NRS, but has time to sit on a dharna for IPS officer Rajeev Kumar. She must resolve the present crisis. Patients are suffering because of her ego. They have done no wrong. The doctors, too, need to resume work. They can hold talks with the state government but simultaneously they must provide treatment to the patients,” Ghosh said. “On moral grounds, we are supporting their protest. But that does not mean we can provoke them. But we want normalcy to return as soon as possible. We don’t want the situation to go on forever,” he added

Healthcare services in Delhi likely to be hit as hospitals joins IMA's all-India protest

Doctors at the Centre-run Safdarjung Hospital, Lady Hardinge Medical College and Hospital, RML Hospital, as well as Delhi government facilities such as GTB Hospital, Dr Baba Saheb Ambedkar Hospital, Sanjay Gandhi Memorial Hospital and Deen Dayal Upadhyay Hospital are joining the IMA strike.

Doctors protest: AIIMS protest march against violence

AIIMS takes outa protest march against the violence in Bengal. "We once again urge the West Bengal administration to fulfil the demands of the striking doctors and resolve the matter amicably at the earliest in the best interest of the general public," a statement issued by the AIIMS RDA said, adding a meeting of its general body will be held at 6 pm again to decide the further course of action.

Bengal doctors strike: Patients bear brunt as docs protest

Although not too many OPD patients have approached hospitals in Bengal in wake of the strike,, relatives of some in-house patients claim that they are suffering because of the deadlock. “My 89-year-old father was having some breathing problem. So, I admitted him to NRS on June 8, three days before the strike began,” said Shyamal Nashkar, who has come from Chakdah. “The hospital has not been able to provide him with proper oxygen facilities and he has stopped responding since Saturday morning. I think I will have to shift him to a private hospital,” he said.
However, there are many such families who support the doctors’ demand. “I support the movement. My mother is in the ICU and she is being taken care of. The demands of the doctors are justified. How can anyone be allowed to beat those who save our lives?” said Moinuddin Sheikh, a Tamluk resident.

Visuals from protests in Rajasthan

Doctors on strike in Jaipur


Keep protest symbolic: Karnataka govt to doctors

Karnataka Health Minister Shivanand S Patil appealed to the doctors in the state to keep "symbolic" their protest to express solidarity with their West Bengal counterparts. In a letter to Karnataka chapter of IMA, which was released to the media, Patil condemned the attack on doctors in West Bengal recently and made a fervent appeal to those in the private and government hospitals in the state not to put ordinary citizens in trouble. "I fervently appeal to the government and private doctors to keep their agitation symbolic without putting patients in trouble. The people of the state will also support you if you keep your agitation symbolic and I believe that you will not put the poor patients of the state in trouble," he said.

Doctors strike: What are IMA's demands?

* The Indian Medical Association which has called for a nationwide strike has demanded a comprehensive central law in dealing with violence on doctors and healthcare staff, and in hospitals.
* Hospitals should be declared as "safe zones". Structured safety measures, including three-layer security, CCTV cameras and restriction of entry of visitors should be well defined and enforced uniformly across the country in all sectors, it said.
* It said to ensure that cases are registered, culprits arrested and conviction assured, mandatory provisions as provided in the POCSO Act should be instituted.

AIIMS to join doctors protest, to go on strike from 12 pm today

In a turn of events, AIIMS which had decided to stay away from the protests will now join the strike. The doctors will go on strike from 12 pm today to 6 am tomorrow. Earlier, the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) said it would take out a protest march from 8 am to 9 am on Monday, but will refrain from the IMA strike.

Gujarat: Doctors at Vadodara hospital hold protests outside OPD

Doctors at Sir Sayajirao General Hospital hold protests outside the OPD in Gujarat's Vadodara

Why the health care logjam in Bengal was waiting to happen

Bengal has seen over 100 cases of attacks on doctors and medical staff in this year alone. The phenomenon is not new, spilling over from Left front regime to that of the rule of Trinamool Congress.  While doctors and medical staff in West Bengal highlight a lack of security in state hospitals and medical colleges, relatives of patients complain of bad behaviour and lack of proper service

Doctors' strike: AIIMS won’t join protest

While doctors at Safdarjung Hospital and Delhi Medical Association have extended their support to the nationwide stir by IMA in Delhi, the AIIMS Resident Doctors’ Association (RDA) is not participating in the strike. In a statement, the AIIMS RDA said: “It has been decided to resort to a protest wherein patient-care services will not be hampered to ensure that the backlog of patients, including patients affected by the strike, is addressed appropriately.”

All Tripura Government Doctors’ Association, IMA Tripura join protest

Joining the protest in the All Tripura Government Doctors’ Association and IMA Tripura. Except for OPD, all other services will be rendered, Dr S Debbarma, General Secretary, IMA Tripura Unit told news agency ANI
Dr. S Debbarma,General Secy,IMA Tripura Unit:All Tripura Government Doctors’ Association & IMA Tripura to stop providing all OPD services for 24-hrs,today,as mark of protest against recent violence against doctors in West Bengal; except OPD services all services will be rendered 
The agitation was triggered by an attack on June 10 on two doctors at the NRS hospital allegedly by neighbours and relatives of a patient who died. Since then, the strike called by doctors has affected most health services, including at OPDs, in state-run hospitals — a number of doctors have also resigned from service.
Joining the protest in Bengal, the IMA had launched a four-day nationwide protest from Friday and wrote to Union Home Minister Amit Shah demanding enactment of a central law to check violence against healthcare workers. In its statement, the IMA said effective implementation of the central law has to be ensured by incorporating suitable clauses.
Hospitals should be declared as "safe zones". Structured safety measures, including three-layer security, CCTV cameras and restriction of entry of visitors should be well defined and enforced uniformly across the country in all sectors, it said. Nineteen states have already passed legislation in this regard and in 2016, an inter-ministerial committee's recommendations document was signed by the IMA with the central government, the medical body said.

Bengal doctors latest offer to meet Banerjee

The latest decision by the agitating doctors comes a day after they refused to meet the Chief Minister at the state secretariat. The doctors had earlier refused to attend meetings called by Banerjee on Friday and Saturday. Sources in the government said that the latest offer by the doctors still leaves two major points of contention: the presence of media at the talks and the number of representatives that can be allowed on behalf of the doctors.

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