Rural Medical Practitioners staged a protest here, on Wednesday, urging the government to revive their training plan by releasing the budget. Indian Red Cross Society district secretary K.G. Govinda Reddy also took part in the protest.

According to protesters, the government planned to train rural practitioners in 2008 and allow them to practice as community paramedics in rural areas. It was estimated that an amount of Rs. 48 crore was required to train one lakh RMPs in the State.

Initially, an amount of Rs. 4.32 crore was released and 9,900 practitioners were trained in the first phase utilising Rs. 2.88 crore.

After the first batch, the programme was shelved. The RMPs demanded the revival of the programme so that they could be recognised as registered rural practitioners.

The organisation has planned a meeting on January 18, here.