DMK MLAs reach Puducherry Legislative Assembly in school uniforms to protest against government
Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) MLAs in Puducherry on Friday reached the Legislative Assembly Hall clad in blue school uniforms and ID cards on cycle to protest against the government for delaying providing free uniforms, bicycles and laptops to the government school students.
According to the reports, the academic year 2022–23 in Puducherry schools started in June last year, and the government is yet to distribute uniforms to the students. There are also reports that some students in UT schools have also not received their textbooks yet.
Under Leader of Opposition R Siva, six DMK MLAs arrived at the third session of the 15th Puducherry Legislative Assembly on bicycles in government school uniforms, including ID cards around their necks and bags over their shoulders. A video of the same is doing rounds on social media.
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Siva said that the school education department is in shambles. There are around 800 schools and more than 35 percent of them do not have proper teachers. The government has not provided free notebooks, laptops, cycles or uniforms to students. Even merit scholarships were not provided to students. There is no proper infrastructure here, students don’t even get proper food daily, he added.
He further claimed that there is too much intervention by Puducherry Governor Dr Tamilisai Soundararajan in the day-to-day affairs of the elected government.
The session, which commenced around 9.30 am, was later adjourned around 9.54 am. The move came after DMK MLAs raised these issues and urged the N Rangasamy-led All-India NR Congress government to pass a resolution demanding statehood for Puducherry and to come up with a fresh policy to revive industries closed in the region. The DMK MLAs then staged a workout, followed by Congress MLAs.
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