Dharamshala (HP), Feb 12 (PTI) The resident doctors of Dr Rajendra Prasad Government Medical College (RPGMC) at Tanda went on a pen-down strike against the state government Tuesday demanding abolition of the bank guarantee required to pursue higher medical courses in Himachal Pradesh’s Kangra district, officials said.

They observed a two-hour pen-down strike in the morning and urged the government to abolish the bank guarantee rule soon, they said.

The government recently slashed half of the bond money, required for pursuing higher medical courses, to Rs 5 lakh from Rs 10 lakh, but doctors are demanding its full abolition, officials said.

Due to the strike, there were very few doctors in OPD Tuesday morning, the patients had to face difficulties and had to wait for long, they said.

Amit Rana, President of the Resident Doctors’ Association, Tanda, said, “After wearing black ribbons for one week on the lines of Medical college, Shimla, against this bank guarantee, we have started two hours’ pen-down strike from today.” “We are demanding that the government should completely abolish the bank guarantee and release our pending stipend of last three months. If our demands are not met with, the resident doctors of entire state shall go on strike in the near future,” he said.

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