Leaders of political parties hold a demonstration to protest autonomy decision
Apolitical activities interrupted although other sections given full liberty, say leaders Centre had not responded to Chief Minister's efforts to revoke suspension orders
Puducherry: Leaders and volunteers of a number of political parties held a demonstration at the Head Post office here on Friday registering their protest against the Central Cabinet's decision to confer autonomy on the Jawaharlal Institute of Postgraduate Medical Education and Research.
T. Murugan (Communist Party of India-Marxist), who presided over the demonstration, said the parties constituting the JIPMER anti conversion action committee and the representatives of the government staff would intensify the agitation and hold a bandh as planned on September 26. He said there appeared to be discrimination against the functionaries of the Action Committee to have their programmes inside the JIPMER campus. It was perplexing that apolitical activities were being interrupted although other sections were given full liberty to move about with full impunity in the campus, he said.
Murugan regretted that the Central Health Ministry had not responded to the efforts of the Puducherry Chief Minister to have the suspension orders issued by management against the staff revoked.
All India Anna Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam legislators A. Anbalagan and Ohm Sakthi Segar, Bharatiya Janata party general secretary M. Visweswaram, Dalit Panthers of India leader Vanangamudi, the leaders of the RSP, Republican Party of India, the Lok Jansakthi party participated. Representatives of the Confederation of the Pondicherry State Government Employees Associations and members of the JIPMER Staff Struggle Committee and representatives also participated in the demonstration. The leaders, who addressed the demonstrators, said the Pattali Makkal Katchi's plan was to disturb the status of JIPMER and the smooth availability of the free medical care facilities to the poor patients.
"Insult to people"
It was also pointed out by some leaders that the recent outbursts by PMK founder S. Ramadoss against the Chief Minister N. Rangasamy was an insult to the people of Puducherry as Mr. Rangasamy was the representative of the Union Territory as a whole. The leaders said the protest would continue till the Centre revoked its decision to make JIPMER an autonomous body.