INDEFINITE FAST FROM 6 JUNE

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INDEFINITE FAST FROM 6 JUNE, 2016 IN LUCKNOW TO GET THE HIGH COURT ORDER THAT CHILDREN OF ALL GOVERNMENT EMPLOYEES, PEOPLE’S REPRESENTATIVES AND JUDGES MUST ATTEND GOVERNMENT SCHOOLS

On 18th August, 2015 the High Court at Allahabad had instructed the Uttar Pradesh Government to implement within six months an order making it compulsory for all persons receiving benefit from the government, people’s representatives and judges to send their children to government schools. Such a system should have been put into place beginning academic session 2016-17. However, the U.P. Government has not done anything.
There are two kinds of education systems in this country. People who can afford send their children to private schools who after completing their higher education are able to get a job or are self-employed.
People who cannot afford private schools are condemned to send their children to government schools which play with the child’s future. Children attending these schools have to clear their examinations using unfair means. Half of them drop out before completing their school or even if they complete their education have to live as unemployed or underemployed.
The only way to rectify the situation is if children of government employees, people’s representatives and judges start attending government schools. When children of these segments will start going to government schools, their quality will improve and children of poor will also get good quality education.
Wherever in the world universalisation of education has been achieved it has been done only through a government common school system with the concept of neighborhood school implemented.
Socialist Party (India) has been organising demonstrations on this issue for the last couple of years and has supported the fast of social activist Mazher Azad in Lucknow from 18 to 23 April, 2016 on this issue.
Socialist Party (India) also believes that as a service condition a person should be eligible for government job or should be able to contest an election only if she has been educated in a government school. Similarly all government employees and people’s representatives and their dependents should get themselves treated in government hospitals for their ailments.
Socialist Party (India) is opposed to privatisation in the fields of education and health care and would nationalise all private educational and health care institutions if it were to come to power. It would make education and health care free for all citizens in real sense.
Time is running by. I’ve decided to sit on an indefinite fast from 6th June, 2016 in Lucknow to get the above mentioned judgment of Justice Sudhir Agarwal implemented in U.P.
This struggle is against a system which corners all benefits for the ruling elites and leaves the poor in a state of continuous deprivation.

Sandeep Pandey
Vice President, Socialist Party (India)
Lohia Mazdoor Bhawan, 41/557 Tufail Ahmed Marg, Narhi, Lucknow-226001
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