Education Minister Girirajmani Pokharel presented the bill despite obstructions created by the Lawmkers belonging to the Nepali Congress on Friday.
The bill was endorsed with comfortable majority votes. Minister Pokharel later told reporters that the bill will not allow establishing new medical colleges in the Kathmandu Valley for next 10 years and it will make the medical education non-profitable and service-oriented.
By doing so, Pokhrel claimed, the key demands of agitating Dr. Govind K.C. have been addressed.
Senior orthopedic surgeon and social activist Dr. KC has been staging fast unto death for more than two weeks demanding sweeping reforms in the medical sector urging the government to incorporate his demands before approving the medical bill.
Nepali Congress lawmakers had been opposing the bill, saying it didn’t incorporate demands of agitating Dr KC. Nepali Congress President ,Sher Bahadur Deuba has said his party will now take it to the streets and continue to obstruct house as government has arbitrarily passed the bill without deliberations.
Dr. KC has announced that he would continue his fast-unto-death until his demands are met. This is his 16th hunger strike.