Students call for total strike

NEW DELHI, NOV. 27. The Students' Federation of India (SFI) and the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) have given a joint call for a countrywide student strike on January 19 against the economic and education polices of the Central Government.

A call to this effect was given at the rally organised by the two student organisations near Parliament House here today. Also, students have been asked to sit on a dharna outside all Central Government offices on January 19 when a memorandum with signatures collected from across the country will be submitted to the President.

Before gathering on Parliament Street today, activists of the two organisations marched from Red Fort to the heart of the city; raising slogans against the recruitment and education policies of the Government. The demands of the students include scrapping of the long-standing ban on recruitment in Union and State Government services; and withdrawal of the fee hike in colleges and universities.

Addressing the students, member of Parliament and DYFI general secretary, Mohammad Salim, castigated the NDA government for pursuing policies that worsened the employment scenario of the country. Reminding the NDA of its electoral promise to provide a crore jobs annually, he said the Government had failed on this count.

For his part, the SFI general secretary, Mr. Samik Lahiri, urged students to join forces and resist efforts of the Government to communalise and commercialise education.