Shortage of LPG Hits Educational Institutions.



With the shortage of LPG cylinders becoming a major head ache for the consumers across valley, it has also hit the educational institutions in Kashmir.

The distributors in north Kashmir’s Baramulla town have refused to provide LPG cylinders, even, to the students residing in the Government Degree Collage Baramulla.

Most of the effected students say that exams are approaching and they are suffering because of the shortage.  “Exams are approaching and thus students will be at the receiving end.  We have complained with the hostel authorities but they refused to provide the LPG, “said a third year student of the college wishing anonymity.

“They are not paying attention to the problem, and are planning to shut the hostel for some days. I don’t know why we are compelled to leave. On top of that exams are approaching “said another hosteller.

Another student Haziq from Srinagar told Kashmir Life, “We are vacating the hostel because we have no other option available. There is no food available in the hostel.”
Most of the students are leaving the hostel as they don’t get meals in the hostel. Distributors are saying they have clear cut orders from the government that not to issue LPG to colleges and Dar-ul-ulooms.

When contacted Principal Govt. Degree college Baramulla, Dr. Irshad Ah. Wani, said “I don’t know much about the LPG issue . All I can say is that there is LPG Problem in whole India. But I won’t let my students suffer like this. So surely tomorrow I will look for an immediate solution.”

Suffering from the similar LPG crisis, the BVSc. Forestry students of Agricultural College Kupwara protested for the shortage of LPG supply in their Hostel two days back. However the local police didn’t allow them to protest and manhandled the partakers badly. “The police thrashed us like anything without any provocation and most of us have been badly injured in the police action” says a hosteller from Kuprawa Agricultural College wishing anonymity.

To support the cause of the Kupwara students , other agricultural students from the apex agricultural university, SKUAST Shalimar protested yesterday. The students complained about the manhandling of their associates studying at Kupwara.”It is very sadistic on the part of Government that they are allowing the students to suffer like this” complains a protesting student Majid Iqbal.

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