Vijayawada: Telugu Desam Party (TDP) national president N Chandrababu Naidu on Tuesday accused the YSRCP government of 'thoughtlessly' canceling aid to the long-standing educational institutions in the state.

Naidu said the Chief Minister had adopted an anti-education policy that has forced students and children to take to the streets and protest. At the same time, the government was harassing the institutions which were not handing over their assets and properties, he added.

In a statement, the TDP chief asked the Jagan government to withdraw its GO 42 immediately. "The ruling party had no right to destroy the age-old aided institutions and thereby the future of the poor students. The merger of aided institutions with the government schools and colleges was highly condemnable and unnecessary," he said.

Naidu pointed out that the academic year was already delayed by over two months due to the Coronavirus pandemic. At such a painful time, the Chief Minister should have ensured a smooth continuation of the studies without creating any hindrances, he said.

"The merger of institutions was putting unbearable stress on the students and their parents. The TDP chief termed it as unwarranted and objectionable that the government brought up the merger issue in the middle of the academic year," he said.

Naidu noted that instead of strengthening the education sector, the present rulers were adopting disruptive policies. "The lives of poor students would be plunged into darkness if the Government went ahead with its arbitrary plans. There was a danger of the studies stopping midway due to the inability of parents to pay high fees," he said.

Naidu expressed concern that lakhs of students and staff of the aided institutions would face serious problems. "The aided system of education was continuing for over one and a half centuries. Why was the Jagan Reddy regime hell-bent on destroying this sector? The government's decision became a curse on the heads of poor students and unemployed youth. The aid should be continued to the institutions so that they would continue their invaluable services to the students," he said.

TDP chief said students were raising their voice against the arbitrary decision of the government. "They were asking for full protection for their schools. The government should understand and concede the demands of the students. Otherwise, the TDP would start a huge agitation on behalf of the aggrieved parents and students," he said.

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