‘Blindfold Stir’ by Nursing Students on Day 5
The students pursuing diploma course in nursing in the Government Vellore Medical College Hospital (GVMCH) at Adukkambarai commenced their hunger strike for the fifth consecutive day on Monday by blindfolding themselves, demanding job security. One of the students fainted during the protest.
The students have been on a protest since Thursday demanding priority in employment. They also protested against the recent High Court verdict, which instructed that future appointments of nurses in government sector would be based on common entrance examination.
Sandhiya, one of the students, fainted during the protest in the afternoon. She was shifted to the hospital, said sources. On the contrary, more than 200 students of private institutions in and around Vellore gathered on the premises of the Collector thanking Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa for providing equal employment opportunity for them in the government sector.
They carried placards praising the CM for passing a government order to recruit eligible candidate through the Medical Recruitment Board. Hitherto, the students of government institutions were given priority in employment in the government sector.