Govt. has betrayed students, say AIDSO, AIDYO, AIMSS

Accusing the State government of betraying students by not announcing free bus pass scheme in the State budget, scores of students, particularly girls, staged a demonstration here on Thursday.

The students of Mahila Vidyapeeth and other institutions, led by office-bearers of All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), All India Democratic Youth Organisation (AIDYO) and All India Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane (AIMSS) marched to the NWKRTC Bus Depot at Hosur and staged a demonstration and demanded that immediate steps be taken to issue free bus passes to students.

Addressing the protesters, AIDSO members Ranajeet Dhoopad said that the students who were expecting announcement on free bus passes in the budget were shocked as the government had gone back on its promise. “Last month, after the coordination committee meeting of the coalition government, Deputy Chief Minister G. Paramaeshwara had announced that free bus pass scheme would be implemented soon. Subsequently, the Transport Minister too had given a similar assurance. Following their assurances, the students organisations, AIDSO and AIDYO, had called off the agitation. But now the government has betrayed students,” Mr. Dhoopad said. He said that since a month both the State government and the KSRTC had enacted a drama and played with the future of lakhs of students.

District secretary of AIDYO Hanumesh Huded said that shortage of funds was not at all an issue as still grants amounting to Rs. 1,300 crore were lying unutilised in the State. “The coalition government which speaks of the rights of farmers has forgotten the interests of farmers children,” he said.

He said that Rs. 860 crore which was released to the Transport Department annually was enough for issuing free bus passes to 19 lakh students in the State. This apart, the Social Welfare Department too was paying bus pass fees for students of Scheduled Castes and Scheduled Tribes, he pointed out. He alleged that wrong calculation was being provided by the officials of the Transport Department to mislead the government.

District committee member of AIMSS Vijayalakshmi Devakal said that the organisations would intensify their agitation over the free bus pass issue in the coming days while appealing to parents, teachers and students to extend their support to the cause.

Office-bearers of the organisations led the protest. Later, they submitted a memorandum addressed to the Chief Minister to the officials of NWKRTC Bus Depot.

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