All India Students Federation (AISF) on Sunday alleged that the Centre and state governments are damaging the rights of students and poor people. Addressing a state-level youth convention, which was organised by AISF and dedicated to Shaheed Bhagat Singh, the speakers condemned privatisation of school education in general and primary education in particular.
Hundreds of AISF activists raised slogans against the 'anti-people' policies of the government and announced that thousands of students, youth and trade union activists will gather at Jalandhar on September 28 to protest against the government policies.
Kashmir Singh Gadaia, state president of AISF, in his address, claimed that though the Right to Education Bill is in effect, a number of poor students are facing trouble in getting education. "Students and youth will start a joint struggle in future against the government policies. Our dream is the same as envisaged by Shaheed Bhagat Singh before Independence," said Gadaia.
Kuldeep Singh Bhola, state secretary of All India Youth Federation (AIYF), demanded that students should be provided with educational loans and primary education should be made free for poor students. He also demanded to make technical and scientific education well within the reach of all deserving students through a uniform common school system.
"Our main demand is employment for all youths of Punjab. The AISF and AIYF have completed their meeting with students and youth across the state and now we are ready for the struggle. The Centre and state governments take decisions, which go against poor people," said Bhola.
He alleged that the state government has completely failed to provide basic facilities to residents of rural areas. "The economic growth of the state has slowed down, but leaders of the Shiromani Akali Dal and Bharatiya Janata Party are enjoying their foreign tours with the people's money. The youth cannot bear with the role of the government and present state of affairs in Punjab," he added.
Narinder Kaur Sohal, state vice-secretary of AISF; Karamveer Kaur Badhni, district president of AIYF and Sawraj Singh, president of AISF also addressed the convention.