Reinstate rustic trainees, Goa Youth Congress writes to university dean

Panaji, May 31 (IANS): The Goa Pradesh Youth Congress (GPYC) on Monday submitted a memorandum to the Dean of Goa Medical College demanding the revocation of the rustication orders of five trainee doctors.

The five were rustic last week, after ganja was found in the shared toilets at GMC’s boys’ hostel.

President of the GPYC Adv. Varad Mardolkar and other members called Dean Shivanand Bandekar and said the intern doctors were only fired after Health Minister Vishwajit Rane tweeted for action. “It is obvious that the Minister of Health has pressured you (the Dean) in this matter,” Mardolkar said.

“According to the police, the FIR is filed against unknown persons and not against the five interns, who are rustic. So how does the Minister of Health and the Dean’s office make a hasty decision to rusticate the five interns when the case is still under investigation?” the Youth Congress said in the memorandum.

He said that this rustication before a full investigation will affect the careers of the five in-house doctors, who are well qualified and are the best doctors produced by GMC.

“Because of this matter, all their preparations and struggle should not be in vain as we will lose qualified doctors which the state of Goa needs,” he added.

The Youth Congress has demanded a thorough investigation into drug trafficking in the coastal state, which they say has reached even villages in coastal areas.

Dean Shivanand Bandekar told Youth Congress leaders that a thorough investigation will take place into how the ganja got inside the campus.