Hyderabad, Feb.21 (NSS): The Congress MLAs, who are loyal to the former Kadapa MP, Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, on Monday demanded that the State government make it clear immediately whether it would clear the arrears of tuition fee reimbursement or not.
Speaking at the Assembly media point, the Congress MLA from Parakala, Ms Konda Surekha, along with Mr Babu Rao, Mr Balineni Srinivas Reddy, Mr Gurunath Reddy and others said that the future of four lakh students turned like a pendulum with the escapist tactics of the government in paying the tuition fee reimbursement to the managements of the private colleges. With this, the students were suffering from an insecurity feeling. The students would look for other alternatives if the government made it clear whether it would pay tuition fee reimbursement or not.
The stormy petrel reminded that the Kiran Kumar Reddy government has responsibility to continue and strictly implement the welfare schemes launched by late Y S Rajasekhara Reddy. The people voted to the Congress in the last elections impressed by the welfare schemes and poll promises of late YSR, she felt.
Reminding that the private colleges’ managements have decided to close the colleges from February 24, she urged the government to respond positively on their demands as the issue pertains to the future of 24 lakhs of students. Otherwise, the students may resort to suicides by losing confidence, she apprehended. She also suggested to the State government to procure grants from the Centre as the strength of 33 ruling Party MPs from the State was enough to influence the Centre. The State government should at least respect the direction of the Supreme Court on tuition fee reimbursement, she added.
She also strongly criticized the government for not sending an emissary to hold talks with Mr Y S Jagan Mohan Reddy, whose ‘Fee Poru’ reached third day. She expressed surprise over unprecedented security made to the Assembly by imposing restrictions up to 2 km from the Assembly premises. This indicated that the government has lost confidence of the people, she felt. (NSS)