In yet another controversy between the two new states, Telangana chief minister K Chandrasekhara Rao has declined to pay the fees of poor students pursuing professional courses in Telangana but have their origins in Andhra Pradesh.
A cabinet meeting chaired by him on Wednesday decided the year 1956 as cut-off for the nativity ie, the student’s parents should have been residents of Telangana by 1956 — the year when the region was merged with Andhra state to form Andhra Pradesh.
TDP leaders and the Andhra Pradesh government are challenging the decision as being against the Constitution and domicile rules across the country.
Earlier, reacting to the Telangana’s purported move, AP’s social welfare minister Ravela Kishore Babu had, reportedly, equated KCR’s resolution to “state terrorism.”
In a press briefing on Wednesday, KCR asserted his government’s right to decide the nativity for the beneficiaries of state schemes. “We are here to provide for our children. You make tall claims of building a world-class capital city but cannot afford to pay fees for your kids?” KCR said, taking a jibe at his AP counterpart Chandrababu Naidu and his colleagues.
Now, the fate of Andhra students in Telangana hangs in the balance. The AP government too is not committing to pick up the tab saying that it would send a wrong signal of endorsing the Telangana decision.
Students protest fee hike in sikkim
Meanwhile, the Himalayan state of Sikkim has also been rocked by unrest triggered by fee issues.
There has been widespread student unrest in the state since July 14 as students protest against a hike in semester fees in government colleges. Despite the government’s decision to roll back the hike, protests continue.
Around 30 persons have been arrested in this connection so far.