BY OUR STAFF REPORTER
GUWAHATI, Feb 16: The All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) will stage a hunger strike on February 18 across the State in protest against the alleged failure of the State Education department to provide textbooks to the students of the government schools. Rapping the State government for its failure to provide textbooks even after one and a half month of the new academic year, the All Assam Students’ Union (AASU) today announced a statewide hunger strike on February 18. The student body today alleged that students in many parts of the State are yet to receive free textbooks, causing the loss of precious academic days. “AASU would stage hunger strike throughout the State. Memorandums would be given to the Chief Minister and the Education Minister of the State demanding immediate supply of free textbooks,” said AASU president Dipanka Kumar Nath and general secretary Lurin Jyoti Gogoi. The student body further stated that the government should have taken steps beforehand to ensure supply of textbooks in time. “Lack of initiative in this regard shows the apathetic attitude of the government towards Assamese and other vernacular medium schools and also the government schools as a whole,” the AASU leaders alleged.