JNU protests & police brutality resonate in Upper House: Rajya Sabha adjourned


New Delhi: Rajya Sabha proceedings were Tuesday adjourned till 2 pm following an uproar in the House by Congress and other opposition parties over an ongoing Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) issue.

The Upper House was adjourned after Chairman Venkaiah Naidu turned down a request to allow suspension of business under rule 267 given by the Communist Party of India (CPI) leader Binoy Viswan. Students at JNU have been vociferously protesting this past week and yesterday, on a march to Parliament, they had to face police brutality of the worst kind.

The university had hiked the rate of a student single room rent from Rs 10 to Rs 300 per month, for student double room from Rs 20 to Rs 600 per month and increased one-time refundable mess security deposit from Rs 5,500 to Rs 12,000. The fee was, has only minimally been rolled back. Now, the room rent for single-seater rooms will be kept to Rs 600 per month, while it will be Rs 300 for those students who come from the below poverty line (BPL) category.

Naidu also promised that the House will look into the issue of the uniforms of the Rajya Sabha Marshals. “Secretariat of the Rajya Sabha after considering various suggestions came out with a new dress code for the marshals. But we’ve received some observations by some political as well as well-meaning people. I’ve decided to ask Secretariat to revisit the same,” Naidu said.

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