After Farmers, Students and Youth to March on Parliament Next Month

New Delhi: The Young India Adhikar March (YIAM), a group of students and youth organisations opposed to the BJP, said Tuesday, 22 January 2019, they will take out a march from Lal Qila to Parliament Street on February 7, to protest against the Modi government’s policies, primarily in the education sector.

The decision was announced in a media briefing cum conference here, especially addressed by academicians with left leanings.

The YIAM said their major demands are to immediately fill all vacant government posts, increase the number of government jobs, stop paper leaks and corruption in recruitment.

It was also demanded that 10% of India’s GDP should be spent on education and the government should stop the policy of school closures, seat-cuts, fund cuts and fee-hikes.  They also demanded the “ending saffronisation of education” and want the government to ensure academic freedom and freedom of expression on campuses.

Speaking at an event in Delhi, Dalit-activist-turned-MLA Jignesh Mevani claimed that from 2014 to 2016, over 26,000 students have committed suicide, which came to nearly 25 wards everyday, and that student loan should be waived completely.

He also demanded the enactment of an act named after Rohith Vemula, a Dalit scholar, who committed suicide alleging caste discrimination at the University of Hyderabad, to end such discrimination.

Mevani also said the 10% reservation in government jobs and academic institutions for the economically weaker sections of the society recently passed by parliament, was constitutionally improper.

Slamming the government, activist-lawyer Prashant Bhushan said the government which came to power after the Lokpal agitation, has failed to appoint an ant-graft ombudsman, five years after coming to power.

The BJP government, Bhushan said, was “damaging” all the major institutions of the country.