Six SFI activists begin indefinite fast
Six activists of the Students Federation of India led by its District Secretary B.Raghuram began an indefinite fast here on Monday in protest against the cap on supply of subsidised cooking gas cylinders.
Inaugurating the protest, SFI State Secretary P Lakshmaiah warned of a state-wide intensified protest if the hostels were not provided subsidised cooking gas without any restriction on the number of LPG refills.
The restriction imposed by oil marketing companies on supply of subsidised LPG cylinders had come as a bolt from the blue for SC,ST, BC students of hostels who were already struggling to get a decent food due to paltry mess charges provided by the State Government, he said.
Students mess charges should be hiked to Rs 1500 per month from the present Rs 535 taking into account the skyrocketing prices of all essential commodities.
He said a survey conducted by the SFI showed that the social welfare hostels lacked even basic facilities including safe drinking water. Reverse Osmosis plants should be set up in all hostels in western parts in the district which had high fluoride content in water.
It was unfortunate that the Government had not started yet the Nanaiah University announced for Prakasam district for various reasons, he said.
Mangama College retired Principal A.V.Pulla Rao expressing solidarity with the protesting students, said the state was withdrawing itself from its responsibility of ensuring quality education in the public sector. ''The need of the hour is a united struggle by students so that weaker sections of students do not get distanced from education'' he said.
Democratic Youth Federation of India(DYFI) District President V. Balakrishna said the state government should come to the rescue of social welfare hostels which could not afford to buy cooking gas at the market rate.
Other SFI activists on indefinite fast in-front of the Prakasam Bhavan are its District Vice-President P.Kiran, District Commitee member P.Praveen, Ongole unit President P.Rambabu, E.Shyam from Chirala and K.Ramesh from Giddalur.