A protest was staged by the activists of the National Students Union of India (NSUI) in the city on Monday, condemning the poor maintenance of hostel managed by the Department for Backward Classes and Minorities Welfare at Anna Nagar in the city.
The protesters said that the food supplied for the inmates at the hostel was of poor quality.
The amount released by the Government for purchase of foodgrains and vegetables had been misused by the officials in-charge of the hostel. The consumption of low quality food had affected the health of the inmates, the protesters said.
The protesters expressed displeasure against the poor lighting system in the hostel. The officials had failed to maintain sanitation and cleanliness at the hostel, the protesters alleged.
As per the order from the Deputy Commissioner, a consultative committee comprising five students had been formed for efficient management of the hostel.
It was unfortunate that the committee members had been intimidated by the officials for questioning the poor maintenance of the hostel, the protesters alleged.
The protesters demanded that the Government should address the loopholes in the hostel and create a conducive environment for the academic progress of students there. They submitted a memorandum to the zilla panchayat chief executive officer.
Prominent NSUI functionaries C.G. Madhusudan, Chethan, Mohan, Madhu Kumar, and Javed took part in the protest.