Hyderabad, July 8 (INN): Protesting against the GO issued capping fees reimbursement for higher and technical education, YSR Congress Honorary President YS Vijayamma would undertake a two-day fast July 14 and 15demanding reversal of the order to enable weaker sections to avail the education facilities in all colleges.
“The Government has issued a GO fixing a ceiling of Rs 35,000 to engineering students which will further dilute the fees reimbursement scheme introduced by YSR and the Government may completely do away with the welfare scheme that has benefited many students belonging to the weaker sections. The Party has decided to protest against the Government policy and will undertake a two-day deeksha,” party senior leader Dr MV Mysoora Reddy told reporters here on Monday.
The venue will be announced later. The Party has decided that YS Vijaymma will sit on fast for two days demanding the Government to revoke the GO which has fixed a ceiling on fees reimbursement, he said.
The ceiling of Rs 35,000 reimbursement has been increased from 90 to 175 colleges and the move seems to be watering down the spirit of the scheme. Such harsh measures would keep the higher and technical education far away from weaker sections, he said.
YSR has introduced the welfare scheme which has enabled the Engineering, Medicine, MBA and MCA to be within the reach of the students belonging to weaker sections and this Government has been diluting the scheme and discouraging the SC, ST and BCs from having access to higher education, he said.
It is ironic that the Congress government has to resort to cutting corners in the fees reimbursement scheme though its revenue has increased two-fold by Rs 60,000 crores ever since the scheme was introduced.
“This clearly shows that the Congress government is not interested in the welfare of weaker sections and has never been transparent in showing where the additional revenue generated is being spent,” he said.
YS Jagan Mohan Reddy held Fees Poru at Indira Park from February 18 to 24, 2011. The Party undertook state-wide protests on January 4 , 2012 while YS VIjayamma held protest programmes on August 13, 14 2012 at Eluru and on September 6 and 7 2012 at Indira Park.
He said that Trinamool Congress leader Mamata Banerjee spoke to YS Vijayamma on phone and enquired about YS Jagan Mohan Reddy. She also asked about the political situation and invited YSRCP to join the proposed Federal Front and said that the national political situation is fluid.
Viajyamma replied that the issue will be told to Party President YS Jagan Mohan Reddy and it will be discussed in the Party which will take an appropriate decision, he said.
On Telangana, he said the Congress has been creating the confusion and whipping regional passions. In the All Party Meeting convened by the Union Home Minister, Congress itself had given two contrasting versions.
“Our stand is very clear. We have told that the Centre has to take the decision and why should it delay the process in the name of road maps,” he said.