Dr Govinda KC strike: Activists to gift PM one kg marsi rice in protest of govt apathy

Kathmandu, July 12

Professionals and activists, accompanied by cadres of the main opposition Nepali Congress and Bibeksheel Sajha Party, on Thursday are handing over a kilogram of ‘marsi’ rice to Prime Minister KP Sharma Oli in a symbolic protest of the government’s apathy of demands raised by medical education reform activist Dr Govinda KC.

The organiser, Alliance for Dr Govinda KC, has accused the government of ignoring Dr KC’s demands under the influence of the businesspersons and traders.

As the ‘marsi’ variety is consumed by the rich though it is cultivated in Jumla, it has now been a symbol of the rich. Therefore, the activists want to show that the PM is being guided by the aristocrats and ignoring concerns of the poor.

Earlier, a meeting held on Wednesday had decided to organise a protest with professionals and activists.

Talking to Onlinekhabar, Bibeksheel Sajha leader Prakash Chandra Pariyar said, “Along with gifting marsi rice to the Prime Minister, we will also be staging a street drama.”

Congress leader Gagan Thapa, Bibeksheel Sajha leader Ujjwal Thapa and representatives from Nepal Bar Association, Nepal Medical Association, Nepal Teachers Association, and Nursing Union among others had attended the meet.

Published on July 12th, Thursday, 2018 3:28 PM

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