SFI to hold ‘Mahagherao’ in Nashik on August 28

ST Correspondent
Sunday, 12 August 2018

Supporting the prolonged agitation of tribal students against the State government, the Students Federation of India (SFI) has announced that they will conduct a ‘Mahagherao’ at the Tribal Commissioner’s Office in Nashik on August 28.

Pune: Supporting the prolonged agitation of tribal students against the State government, the Students Federation of India (SFI) has announced that they will conduct a ‘Mahagherao’ at the Tribal Commissioner’s Office in Nashik on August 28.

Tribal students for the past several months have been demanding abolishment of the GR that states that canteens/mess at hostels would be closed, and instead students will be given money (allowance) for eating outside through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) portal. The students are opposing the move because of their past experiences where they said that they have never received money on time.

Students don’t receive their monthly allowances of Rs 500/600 on time and even their scholarship money is not given on time. The purpose of providing financial aid to students through DBT has been defeated because of its irregularity. Now, the promise of providing Rs 3,000/3,500 per month for food will affect students’ academic and social welfare if it is done in same manner.

Further highlighting the irregularities in payment of funds through DBT, the Students Union said that while some students receive the scholarship amounts in bulk, many students do not receive it at all for several months or years. 

They have also claimed that due to this, many students are apprehensive of coming to the city for higher education. They have also pointed out that besides money issues, girls have been facing problems, as their hostels are far away from their destination, while many hostels don’t even have attached mess. So students cook by themselves and that consumes their study time.

Tribal students for the past several months have been demanding abolishment of the GR that states that canteens/mess at hostels would be closed, and instead students will be given money (allowance) for eating outside through Direct Benefit Transfer (DBT) portal. The students are opposing the move because of their past experiences where they said that they have never received money on time. Students don’t receive their monthly allowances of Rs 500/600 on time and even their scholarship money is not given on time.

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