Fee cap draws fire from friend and foe

Dissent partners Nagender and Mukesh Goud join opposition chorus against government\'s move

Published: 08th August 2012 09:18 AM  |   Last Updated: 08th August 2012 11:15 AM   |  A+A-

Police-arresting-ABVP-activ

Ministers Danam Nagender and Mukesh Goud, who have lately become partners in dissent, on Tuesday distanced themselves from the government's proposal to cap the reimbursement of tuition fee of engineering students at Rs 31,0000 per annum. Their ruse? It goes against the interests of backward class students.

As for student parties, they have hit the warpath all over the state against the fee reimbursement cap. In the forefront, the Akhil Bharatiya Vidyarthi Parishad (ABVP) laid siege to collectors' offices in the state. In Hyderabad, they also picketed ministers' quarters before the police moved in and arrested the activists even as they prepared to  storm the residences. As they were led away, student leaders said this was just the beginning. They plan to protest until the government rescinds its decision.

The cap on fee reimbursement applies selectively to backward class and economically backward class students, sparing those belonging to SC and ST social groups. Playing the BC card, M/s Goud and Nagender said this was not acceptable.

"I was the backward class welfare minister when the fee reimbursement scheme was introduced by the YSR regime. It's of crucial important to BC welfare. It's now being phased out," said Goud.

Nagender added, "This move will drive BC youth from the Congress." The duo said ministers belonging to backward classes will get together and try to persuade chief minister Kiran Kumar Reddy to revoke the decision. Apart from friendly fire for Nagender and Goud, the government drew heavy flak from the opposition as well.

Stay up to date on all the latest Andhra Pradesh news with The New Indian Express App. Download now
(Get the news that matters from New Indian Express on WhatsApp. Click this link and hit 'Click to Subscribe'. Follow the instructions after that.)

Comments

Disclaimer : We respect your thoughts and views! But we need to be judicious while moderating your comments. All the comments will be moderated by the newindianexpress.com editorial. Abstain from posting comments that are obscene, defamatory or inflammatory, and do not indulge in personal attacks. Try to avoid outside hyperlinks inside the comment. Help us delete comments that do not follow these guidelines.

The views expressed in comments published on newindianexpress.com are those of the comment writers alone. They do not represent the views or opinions of newindianexpress.com or its staff, nor do they represent the views or opinions of The New Indian Express Group, or any entity of, or affiliated with, The New Indian Express Group. newindianexpress.com reserves the right to take any or all comments down at any time.

flipboard facebook twitter whatsapp