Protests over fee reimbursement: Police arrest students
Though Pradesh Congress Committee President Botcha Satyanarayana stated that the Andhra Pradesh government would reconsider its decision over the fee imbursement, protests from student organisations, mainly from BC and EBC, continued while police arrested some students when they attempted to lay siege to the minister’s quarters at Banjara hills here today. A large number of BC students from various student unions including AISF, converged at the Ministers’s quarters in groups in the morning. Police obstructed them when they tried to enter the Minister’s quarters in protest against the imposition of ceiling on fees reimbursement to backward class and economically backward class students. The ceiling was recommended by a Cabinet Sub-committee. Tension gripped when the students tried to force their way past the security personnel and resisted when being arrested. Police arrested seven students and shifted them to Banjara Hills police station. Meanwhile, BC students unions gave a bandh call for all engineering collegesacross the state on the issue. Meanwhile, the sub-committee itself came under fire from members of their own party for recommending a cap on reimbursement for engineering colleges. The cabinet sub-committee, which met at the Andhra Pradesh Secretariat yesterday, met again today. The Sub-Committee which met on Aujgust 6 decided to fix a cap on fee reimbursement at Rs 31,000 for BCs and EBCs. They had resolved to help the students to avail bank loans to fund their remaining expenses. But they met with stiff opposition from students groups, the opposition parties and some Congress leaders also.