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Agitation to be intensified

Vedike plans bandh as part of its struggle against donation menace Ministers from Shimoga district urged to make stand clear on the issue

SHIMOGA: Jana Shakthi Horata Vedike, a voluntary service organisation, on Sunday decided to stage a dharna in front of the Deputy Commissioner's office here on June 15 against collection of donations in aided and unaided educational institutions.

Presiding of a meeting of the vedike here, former Shimoga MP Ayanur Manjunath said that the movement against the donation menace would be intensified if the dharna to be held on June 15 did not evoke a positive response from private educational institutions.

He said that it would not be difficult to ask the managements of private educational institutions which had collected donations to return them if parents participated in the movement being launched.

A bandh would be observed if fast and other forms of agitations failed to evoke a positive response, he said.

Stand

Mr. Manjunath said that the Ministers hailing from Shimoga district, who had identified themselves with the movement launched in 2002-03, should make their stand clear on the donation issue.

He said that if the movement against the donation menace suffered a set back, it was because of the lack of participation in it by parents who were apprehensive that their children would be denied admission if they identified themselves with the movement.

Refund

He said that there were instances where managements of private aided colleges had refunded donations they had collected as the result of the movement launched in 2002-03. "It is possible even now if the movement gets the support from the people," he added.

Mr. Manjunath said that the vedike was prepared to launch a legal struggle if its agitations failed to evoke a positive response.

Zilla panchayat member H.C. Basavarajappa, who heads one of the vigilance committees set up by the panchayat to inquire into collection of donations by aided and unaided schools, said that the menace could be checked only by creating awareness among the people.

Former Deputy Mayor Sanaullah, Ananthram, Bhaskar and Ashok spoke. Somasekhar and Annappa spoke on behalf of parents.

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