Responding to the call by the All India Democratic Students Organisation (AIDSO), students boycotted their schools and colleges on Saturday to participate in the agitation demanding free bus passes to all students.

The students marched to district administrative complex raising slogans against the State government for its “insensitivity”. “Sky-rocketing prices and problems caused by the Union government’s incongruous measures have hit poor farmers and they cannot afford bus fares for their children to send them to schools and colleges in the nearby cities and towns,” Abhaya, a student leader, said during the agitation.

“We have been demanding free bus passes to all students for the last several weeks. Nobody has ever bothered to listen to the grievances of the students. We had therefore called for boycotting schools and colleges,” she said.

Ballari

Almost all educational institutions in the district remained closed.

Students took out processions in most of the cities and towns, shouting anti-government slogans. N. Pramod, President of State AIDSO, Ms. M.N. Manjula of All India Mahila Samskrutika Sanghatane, Ms. A. Shanta were among other leaders to lead the procession.

Belagavi

AIDYO and other organisations took out a rally seeking free bus passes for all school and college students in Belagavi. They protested against the State government for having gone back on its promise of providing free passes to all students.

They submitted a memorandum and dispersed later.

Chitradurga

Members of different student organisation took out a procession from Gandhi Circle and culminated at Vanaki Obavva circle.

They said that the Chief Minister, Deputy Chief Minister and Transport Minister had assured the delegation of student leaders recently of providing free bus passes but no steps had been taken in this regard.

Yadgir and Raichur

Most colleges were closed in Yadgir, Shahapur, Gurmitkal in Yadgir district and also in Raichur. Students said that classes had already been started a month ago and students are finding it difficult to come to classes.

In Raichur, students held protest outside the Deputy Commissioner’s office and criticised the government’s move. “We will show the strength of the students in the coming days by holding more agitation until demand is fulfilled,” they warned.

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