Higher Education is people’s right: Vijayamma

YSR Congress
honorary president Mrs. Vijayamma said that YS Rajasekhara Reddy had
implemented the fee reimbursement scheme for all eligible professional students
as he thought higher education is also a right of the poor and downtrodden.

Launching her two-day fee Deeksha at Indira Park in Hyderabad on Thursday, Sept 6,demanding total fee reimbursement for all eligible professional students, she
said the linking of the scheme to several conditions has caused much distress
to the students.

She found fault with the government for treating the fee reimbursement
scheme as a heavy burden on the state exchequer. She reminded that Dr. YS
Rajasekhara Reddy implemented the fee reimbursement scheme totally without any
reservation for all the years when he was chief minister.

Vijayamma said that present government cannot think that poor people are
not eligible for higher education and demanded the implementation of total
reimbursement in its original form as implemented by YSR.

“The government is not spending the money from its coffers. It gets revenue
in the form of taxes collected from the people and that is meant for welfare
programmes only,” she observed.

She questioned the government as to how the poor can pay the mounting fee.
Vijayamma emphasized that YSR had introduced the scheme as the poor and
downtrodden were not in a position to pay the fee for their higher studies.

The government can’t create hurdles in the pursuit of educational career of
poor people,” she said, adding ,  the
Government’s action amounted to curtailing the growth of society at large.

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