Free KSRTC bus passes:  Students boycott classes, take to streets and protest

Agitators raise slogans against Kumaraswamy-led coalition govt for backtracking on assurance given to students

Mysuru, July 21:- Thousands of students and members of various students’ organisations boycotted classes today and staged a massive protest demanding distribution of free KSRTC bus passes to students of all communities in the city and state on Saturday.

The members of various students’ organisations who staged protests and had submitted memoranda to the government earlier demanding free bus passes to all students, intensified their protest on Saturday by boycotting classes and staged protests across the city.

Members of  All India Democratic Youth Organisation (AIDYO), All India Democratic Students’ Organisation (AIDSO), Students’ Federation of India (SFI), All India Mahila Sanskritik Sanghathan, Campus Front of India (CFI), Students from Maharani’s Arts and Science College for Women, Maharaja’s College, Yuvaraja’s College and other degree college students took boycotted their regular classes and took to streets accusing the Congress-Janata Dal (Secular) government for backtracking on the promise made in the state budget.

Speaking to media persons, the agitators said, “The previous Congress government led by former chief minister Siddaramaiah had announced free KSRTC bus passes to students of all communities in the previous budget. The new coalition government had also given assurances and said they are committed to the decision. However, they are now backtracking on the promise and no orders have been passed yet announcing free bus passes which could benefit lakhs of students in the state.”

“The academic year has already begun and nearly two months have already passed but the Chief Minister H D Kumaraswamy and ministers are not bothered about the welfare of the students’ community in the state. We have been forced to take to streets to showcase the unity of the students’ community and send a clear message to the government to immediately pass an order directing to issue free KSRTC bus passes to students of all communities,” said a protestor.

The agitators also staged a massive protest in front of Ramaswamy Circle and the Deputy Commissioner’s office in the city.

The City Police had beefed up security across the city to avoid any untoward incidents and scores of students studying in various degree colleges and students from pre-university colleges assembled in front of various aided/un-aided and private colleges in the city urging their managements to declare holiday and send their students out to take part in the protest rally. –(KK)

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