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No Jobs, Rampant Corruption in Universities: Students To Protest Against Modi Govt in Delhi on Feb 7

Around 43 organisations are expected to participate in the Young India Adhikar March.

Students from across the country will gather at the Red Fort in Delhi on Thursday, February 7 at 10 am, and march to Parliament Street in protest of the rising unemployment and the Narendra Modi-led government’s education policies.

According to a report in The Citizen, the protestors are demanding a 10 per cent increase in the education budget, an increase in the number of government jobs, filling of vacant government positions, anti-sexual harassment and anti-discrimination cells on all university campuses, guaranteed hostel accommodation for women, ending paper leaks in university campuses, and ending corruption in the recruitment procedure in university campuses.

The agitating students also want the government to ensure that there is no fee hike in schools and no reduction in the number of seats, among other things.

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Speaking to PTI, N Sai Balaji, the president of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union, said, “(Prime Minister Narendra) Modi will come to young India for one more chance. But this time we are not going to give him any chance as our PM. Modi has ruined our future. Through our unity we are going to ensure all vacant government jobs are filled, 10 per cent of GDP is spent on education, gender and social justice is ensured.”

Young Adhikar March
(Photo: Twitter/@nsaibalaji)

Several student leaders pointed out that the interim budget presented by Piyush Goyal did not even mention jobs, except for pompously declaring that job-seekers have turned job-creators in India. “This is a huge blow to the youth of the country who are suffering from the massive unemployment rate in the wake of demonetisation. The budget is equally silent about the key demands of regularisation and minimum wages raised by employees,” the protest organisers said in the statement.

Chhatra Yuva Sangharsh Samiti’s (CYSS) Shivani underlined that university campuses have been turned into “war zones” by the Modi government.

Around 43 student organisations, including  All India Students’ Association (AISA), Pinjra tod, Samajwadi Yuvjan Sabha, Aam Aadmi Party students’ wing CYSS, Youth for Swaraj, will participate in the Young India Adhikar march.

(With PTI inputs)

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