Effigies of Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao were burnt by Osmania University (OU), Hyderabad students, in regards with the protest arising due to the government not fulfilling its promise of providing jobs. Students participating in the protest shouted slogans against the government.
According to a TOI report, they said that during the elections, it has made a promise of creating 1.5 lakh jobs for unemployed youth, but failed to keep its word later on. Members of the Vidhyarthi Nirudhyoga Joint Action Committee carried out various rallies at the campus and had also announced plans to gherao at the chief minister’s camp office on Monday. The JAC also planned to hold pada yatras across the state .
Before coming into power, the TRS had promised students and claimed it would give them jobs in the government sector, but lakhs of its foot soldiers have been left in the lurch. Ramesh Ninjanna, a student leader who was active during the Telangana movement, said, “The TRS government used us during the separation movement and has now cast a blind eye to our pleas and suffering.”
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Another reason behind protests:
Protests were also held against the state government’s move to regularise contract employees. Manavatha Roy, president of OU JAC, said, ”There are over 1.5 lakh posts vacant in government departments. It is unfair to regularise the contract lecturers who didn’t play a major role in the Telangana movement.”
As per the data available, there are nearly 4,000 junior lecturers working on contract basis in the university. It’s been three years since students of OU have been demanding the government release Public Service Commission notification for posts, including junior lecturers and degree lectures at college level.