Unhappy with the allocation made for the education sector in the State budget, members of the Students Federation of India (SFI) took out a “Vidhana Soudha Chalo” here on Wednesday.

However, they were stopped at Kalidasa Road near Freedom Park.

Ananth Nayak N., SFI State president, said that though this budget had made the second highest allocation for education, it was not enough. “At least 30 per cent of the funds should be allocated for education; what has been given is 15 per cent,” he said.

The food allowance given to hostel students is insufficient, Mr. Nayak said. “The students are getting around Rs. 850 a month as food allowance. The budget has made it Rs. 900,” he added. He said the protesters have been promised a meeting with government representatives within a week, failing which the SFI will call for a for a school-college bandh on February 20.

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