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Date to be decided today

The Government Medical Officers' Association (GMOA) will today decide on the date to launch a countrywide strike in protest over the Government's failure to nationalize the South Asian Institute of Technology and Medicine (SAITM).

GMOA Secretary Dr. Haritha Aluthge said a final decision will be taken following a meeting of the Executive Committee to be held today.

Last week, the GMOA Central Committee gave approval for a countrywide indefinite strike aimed at forcing the Government to nationalize SAITM.

Last week the government issued a statement saying that steps will be taken to halt student enrollment and degree awarding at SAITM.

UNP General Secretary Kabir Hashim and SLFP General Secretary Duminda Dissanayake said during a press briefing that the Government will follow President Maithripala Sirisena's recommendations regarding SAITM, as soon as they are gazetted.

"Three long-term options for SAITM were recommended earlier. It would either function as a Private-Public Partnership (PPP) with a 51 per cent State ownership and 49 per cent listed on the Colombo Stock Exchange or as a consolidated fund organization," Hashim said.

However, the GMOA was not satisfied with the solution provided by the government and demanded the nationalizing of SAITM.(Ceylon Today)

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