KERALA

DYFI plans indefinite Secretariat blockade

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM Dec. 4. The Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) has decided to launch a string of agitations culminating in an indefinite blockade of the State Secretariat beginning February 16 to protest against the UDF Government's breach of promises on the employment front.

The DYFI State secretary, A. Pradeep Kumar, and the president, P.R. Vasanthan, told a news conference here that the agitation would begin on January 19 with marches to Government offices all over the State to be followed by sit-in. Thousands of youth would participate in the march and sit-in that would bring the functioning of taluk offices to a halt. The DYFI activists would arrive for the march and dharna by foot.

This would be followed by youth marches from the two ends of the State with a charge-sheet against the Antony Government beginning January 26. The youth marches would conclude on February 10 and would be followed by an indefinite blockade of the Secretariat. Over 25,000 DYFI volunteers, including one representative each from the 23,596 DYFI units in the State, would participate in the blockade.

Mr. Pradeep Kumar said the agitation programme had been drawn up to offer stiff resistance to the Antony Government's decision to slash 11,658 posts in the State service and its failure to keep its election promise to provide 15 lakh employment opportunities.

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