By our Staff Reporter
GUWAHATI, August 22: The Students’ Federation of India (SFI) demonstrated in Guwahati today for the right reasons -- all related to the well-being of the student community.
It is worth mentioning here that the Federation has all along been demanding 70 per cent exemption of bus fare for students. Responding to the demand of the Federation, the State Transport Department agreed to exempt 25 per cent bus fares of students. The department has, however, asked students to collect passes from the District Transport Office (DTO) to avail the bus fare concession. The SFI says how come the department ask the students to collect the passes from the DTOs instead of making the passes available in the education institutions. The SFI feels that this is a burden imposed on the students by the department. One of the demands of today’s demonstration is making students’ passes for bus fare concession available in their respective educatiol institutions.
The leaders of the SFI had a discussion with ADC Dipak Choudhury in the past on the issue of sexual harassment in educatiol institutions. During the meeting, the SFI leaders did press for the constitution of antisexual harassment committees in each educatiol institution, and the ADC assured the student leaders of forming such committees. However, no such committees have been formed in the educatiol institutions in the State as yet. Today’s demonstration pressed the government to form the antisexual committees in all educatiol institutions in the State.
The SFI has also been demanding of the government to give free education to 25 per cent of poor students in each government educatiol institution. This demand is in sync with the provisions in the Right To Education (RTE) Act. The State Government, however, is yet to meet this demand of the Federation that pressed for free of cost education of poor students in today’s demonstration.
The Federation sent a memorandum to the Kamrup (M) Deputy Commissioner raising their demands.