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Modi govt continue to play politics over the future of our young population: Priyanka Chaturvedi

New Delhi: In a press release issued by Priyanka Chaturvedi, Convenor & Spokesperson, AICC, in a 11 point report card, Chaturvedi accuses Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government of playing “politics over the future of our young population”.

Chaturvedi in the report card talked about the CSAT row, loss of jobs, joblessness and reduction in vacancies.

Here are the points she listed

  • 2.5 lakh affected aspirants have been protesting to get an opportunity at compensatory attempt to appear for Civil Service Exam as at least four attempts were disturbed owing to “abrupt and frequent” alterations in pattern of the all India civil service exams after the introduction of Civil Services Aptitude Test (CSAT) in 2011 prelims.
  • Precedence in 1979,1992 and 2011 suggests that students have been given compensatory attempts when big changes happen
  • In a meeting with Shri Rahul Gandhi in 2014 and at his intervention these students were given two additional attempts at the exam and a reassurance that entire CSAT would be relooked and reviewed once the election process was over.
  • In 2014 after the Modi government came to power and hoping the CM Modi then who had slammed the CSAT as anti Gujarati would relook at the entire issue afresh, however what came as a rude shock was that the students who were demanding withdrawal of CSAT were lathi charged at Vijay Chowk right next to PMO.
  • When protests intensified in 2016 at Mukherjee Nagar the BJP Mayor Rajni Abbi addressed these students and assured them that she was sent by central government to ensure that CSAT will be reviewed, resolved and compensatory attempt would be given to students protesting in the cabinet meeting scheduled the next day. However like every BJP promise this too turned into another jumla.
  • Joblessness is at its highest in 45 years, CMIE report shows job losses of 1.1 crore in one year itself, most impacted of them being the women – having lost 88 lakh jobs in rural and urban areas. In the backdrop of growing unrest denying students equal opportunities is highly dishonest on the part of the government.
  • MoS –DoPT Jitender Singh has been sent several request letters all have gone unheard,. In fact the minister has been blocking all student twitter handles who have been demanding answers from him. Is this their idea of service to the nation in the age of digital platforms?
  • IAS vacancies have also reduced under the Modi government from an average of 1300 to 782 in 2018. Sharpest fall in 6 years .
  • We saw similar protests during SSC Scam and how young students were protesting but an insensitive government totally unwilling to yield to their demands
  • The students demand, that due to abrupt changes in the format and syllabus of the UPSC exams, that the students who appeared in those years should get another attempt in 2019, since the notification would be out on 19th Feb 2019 we demand this government looks at this immediately
  • WE reassure the students that as soon as we are voted to power we will relook at the entire process and ensure that there is no bias.

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