At least three AAP MLAs have written to Delhi Assembly Speaker Ram Niwas Goel separately, but with the same request, seeking the constitution of a legislative committee to address concerns of students in the capital.
While Wazirpur MLA Rajesh Gupta sent a letter to Goel on May 19 and Badli MLA Ajesh Yadav sent a similar letter earlier this month, Delhi government sources said one more MLA had written to the speaker.
In his letter to Goel, Gupta wrote that students in Delhi face a number of problems and such a committee would be able to consider the problems of students and deal with them in a time-bound manner.
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“Students face a number of problems… like accommodation, safety and meals. These problems are faced by students living in Delhi and those coming from other states to study here. There is no platform for them to raise their issues or seek any advice. That is why I have written to the speaker to form such a committee,” Gupta told The Indian Express.
He said students from outside Delhi are new to the city as well as to their colleges while those from Delhi are new to the college environment, which is very different from their experiences in school.
“Some students who approached me said they were in search of accommodation and they landed up at places advertised in newspapers. When they actually saw the places, they were concerned about the atmosphere there and about their own safety. With nobody to advice them, they often get misinformed,” said Gupta.
Badli MLA Ajesh Yadav, who also urged the speaker to set up such a committee, said, “Mine is a rural constituency. There are many students who come to us with a number of queries. In many families, the student happens to be the first one to pursue higher education, so his family members are not in a position to help him. If a committee is set up, these students will have somewhere to go for help.”
While Goel was not available for comment, sources in Delhi Assembly confirmed that at least one such letter had been received from an MLA.
On the procedure behind setting up such a committee, Secretary of Delhi Legislative Assembly Prasanna Kumar Suryadevara said it would be determined by the nature of the committee.
The speaker may form an ad-hoc committee or a permanent committee. If a permanent committee is to be set up, the matter will be referred to the General Purposes Committee to endorse, following which, it will be sent to the Rules Committee.
The Rules Committee will give the set of rules to the House that will have to be adopted. The speaker will decide the composition of the committee.