Under the banner of Jharkhand Students Union, hundreds of youths gathered in Ranchi on Monday and protested against the new employment policy of the Hemant Soren government.
Their protest is part of their 72- hour agitation beginning with Gherao of the CM today, torchlight procession on Tuesday and ending on Wednesday when the same body of students has
called for a day long bandh across the state.
In view of their protest, the state administration and the police had taken a number of measures to maintain law and order in the state capital. Apart from deploying police in strength near Morahabadi maidan and residence of the CM in Kanke road, the police had put up barricades at multiple road sides along Morahabadi maidan and the official residence of the CM.
Against this backdrop, agitating students in large moved in groups along lanes and by -lanes. First, they are learnt to have gathered at Morahabadi Maidan. When the City SP appealed to them to vacate the ground, the agitating students turned toward the Oxygen park and from there, they marched on foot toward the Premsons Chowk where the police personnel intervened compelling many of them to try to break the barricade and reach the residence of the CM. But the police personnel managed to drove them away.
Also,a number of them were taken into custody and put up inside Birsa Munda Football stadium turned a camp jail.They were released later.
The agitators were shouting slogans against the Hemant Soren government and its new 60-40 employment policy.
As per the old employment policy enforced by the BJP government in 2016,50 per cent of the seats
were reserved for locals by the virtue of reservations to ST, SC and OBC categories.
Now, JMM led government has made the quota level go up to 60 per cent, with the addition of 10 per cent reservation for general EWS (economically weaker section) category. The rest 40 per cent would remain open, but suspicion that aspirants might be asked to give declaration about their domicile had raised the question mark.
“ This was not acceptable to unemployed youths and students ,” said a senior official while defining the new employment policy without willing to be named.
“ This 60-40 employment policy nai chalbo”(is not acceptable), yelled many agitating students, loudly sounding critical of the Hemant Soren government.