Free bus passes: Outfits threaten to intensify stir

Various organisations including All India Democratic Students Organisation, All India Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane, and All India Democratic Youth Organisation have expressed regret over Chief Minister H.D. Kumaraswamy’s refusal to sanction free bus passes to school and college students.

A general strike called on Saturday evoked an unprecedented response from the student community across the State as it was one of their long-pending demands, according to the office-bearers of the organisations.

Unnecessary delay

They stated in a release that the success of the strike underlines the genuineness of the demand and though the students were protesting for two months now, the KSRTC was dithering on issuing free passes. This forced the students organisations to call for a bandh which received State-wide response and evoked hope among the stakeholders.

Poor students

“What is disconcerting is that the Chief Minister intervened to rule out issuing free passes to students without even studying the issue,” the release added.

Students from the economically weaker families bearing the brunt of price rise etc, would have received a reprieve but the Chief Minister has denied it to them. This decision will affect lakhs of students from economically weaker sections.

The organisations have threatened to intensify their stir if the CM did not rescind his decision and sanction free passes to the students.

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