A group of Delhi University students under the banner of Right to Accommodation have been on an indefinite strike outside Arts Faculty, North Campus for 42 days now, protesting against the issue of unregularised rent control for the students of the university.
DU Beat had reported the strike last month:
Outstation students sat on the 16th day of an indefinite dharna outside the Arts Faculty yesterday demanding regularisation of accommodation and the implementation of #section33 of the DU Act 1922 which guarantees #hostelaccommodation to every student. These students claim to be fighting for their rights and don’t identify with any political party. #DelhiUniversity Picture Credits: Sidharth Yadav for DU Beat
After having received no due recognition from the University authority or the Delhi Government, the students have now decided to go on a hunger strike from 2nd October. The issues they hope to highlight and some of their demands are-
1. Implementation of Delhi Rent Control Act.
2. To provide accommodation to Delhi University students. To be provided with compensation in the form of scholarship, till they find a hostel/ PG.
3. Availability of a library 24*7
4. A no profit- no loss canteen or mess in Delhi University colleges, departments and faculties.
The press release announcing the hunger strike with effect from Gandhi Jayanti has been signed by Praveen Singh, convener of Right to Accommodation, Ajay Singh from Ramjas College, Bhupendra Yadav, Ambedkar College and Jitendra from Law Faculty.
The issue of rent regulation is not new to DU. It has been a key, and perhaps, a winning agenda for the Delhi University Students’ Union (DUSU) elections for the past two years. But seeing no actual progress on the matter, the group has decided to take matters into their own hands. Interestingly, Right to Accommodation had held a 7- day hunger strike last year too. Read about it here.
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