Social Welfare Minister H Anjaneya on Monday formed a two-member committee to inquire into the allegations made by the protesting Maharani’s hostel students and has set a 15-day deadline to submit the report.
Just a day after the inmates of Maharanis Arts and Commerce Hostel students staged a protest, alleging misappropriation funds and poor quality food at the hostel, the minister, Anjaneya met the students at the hostel premises. After hearing to the owes of the students, the minister said that a two-member committee headed by Deputy Director of Social Welfare department will look into the problems at the hostel and submit a detailed report on the problems and allegations made by the inmates of the hostel.
Speaking to reporters, he said that the official apathy at the hostel is a matter of shame. “The college management should give priority to the interests of the students. The management should also be accountable to the fees paid. Students, irrespective of their communities, are eligible to get admission to the hostel and it can’t be questioned. Our government is committed to provide hostel facilities to all the needy students and there is no dearth of will and money from our side. We have also made facility to rent buildings for hostels if necessary, the government will fund them.”
He added that the government used to pay Rs 1200 per student for the hostel but it has been hiked to Rs 1400. The mess amount paid by the students can’t be utilised for any other reason. Wardens have to put up a list of food items for a week and serve according to the time table.
On two years of Modi Narendra government, he said that BJP has got a good marketing idea. The programmes initiated by Congress were given new names and marketed well. Congress-free Karnataka is a myth. The party is in existence for years and will continue to serve the people.
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On cabinet reshuffle, he said that it is at the mercy of the high command and Chief Minister Siddaramaiah has the confidence of high command and will continue to be CM for remaining year left.
Poor food quality
Students said that the poor quality of food has led to various health issues and many of them are identified with low BR During the minister’s visit, a student suffering from chest collapsed and was admitted to JSS hospital.