JNU News: Why so much uproar over the increased fees of JNU hostels?

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JNU News: The matter of increasing the hostel fees at Delhi's Jawaharlal Nehru University caught up so much that students not only took to the streets in protest against it but also traveled towards the country's Parliament on Monday. 

However, the police stopped this Parliament march of students of Central University and imposed Section 144 in the area

The House had to be adjourned after an uproar over it in the Rajya Sabha, the upper house of Parliament on Tuesday.

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What is the whole matter after all?

The JNU administration issued a communique on November 1, which increased the fees being charged from the students staying in the hostels of this university. This includes everything from room rent to electricity, water and maintenance charges.

According to the press release, the students living in two hostels of the university campus are already paying electricity and water prices, but the students of the other 16 hostels did not have to pay these fees for maintenance.

According to this release issued by the JNU Registrar, Rs 10 crore is spent annually on the maintenance and now like other universities of the country, all the students here get electricity, water, other service charge (sanitation, maintenance, cook) according to the consumption , Mess helper, etc.). This fee was kept at 1700 rupees monthly.
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JNU students are unhappy with the increased fees and have been sitting on a dharna near the Admn block of JNU campus since then.

After continuous student protests at JNU's administrative building, the JNU administration announced to reduce the increased fees for BPL students, but the students intensified the agitation by saying that the old fees should be applied only. They do not approve of any increase in it.

A student told Vineet Khare that till now the mess, which used to pay Rs 2500, now has to pay 6500 rupees.

One student told the BBC, "The fees that students had to pay to stay in JNU hostels have been changed so far. Earlier there were many facilities for which students did not have to pay any money. But the revised Fees are much higher than before. Some of these charges were withdrawn after the students demonstrated. "
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Why are students adamant on withdrawing the fee hike?

According to the annual report of the University in 2017-18, the monthly income of a family of 40 percent of the students here is less than Rs 12,000.

Financially weak students are given monthly assistance of Rs 2000 from the university, but it will not be possible for these students to pay the increased hostel fees.

The Union of Students had also informed this to Union Human Resource Minister Ramesh Pokhriyal Nishank.

According to him, if the fee was increased, it would mean that 40 percent of the students might have to leave their studies in between.

According to the JNU website, the total number of students in hostels here is 6,349. In 2017, 1,556 students took admission here. Of these, the monthly income of the family of 623 students was less than 12 thousand rupees.
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Hostel fees: The situation after the protests

The (refundable) security fee for JNU Mess, which was earlier Rs 5,500, was increased to Rs 12,000. Now it has been reduced to Rs 5,500 after protests.

Earlier, fees for sanitation and maintenance etc. were not charged but it has been reduced to Rs 1700 per month.

There was no charge for electricity water, but now students will have to pay fees according to its usage. However, a 50 percent concession has been announced for students below the poverty line.

The fee for the two types of rooms used to be given in the hostel was also increased by 30 times.

The fee for the single room of JNU Students Hostel was earlier Rs 20 per student, which has been increased to Rs 600 for all students. After the amendment, students below the poverty line will now have to pay Rs 300.                       

For a single room in JNU Students Hostel, first Rs 20 per month had to be paid. It has been increased to Rs 600 per month for all students. Later it was revised to 300 rupees for students below the poverty line.

Room fee was 10 rupees for two people living together. After the increase, this fee was raised to Rs 300 per month. But after rollback, now BPL students will have to pay 150 rupees.

Apart from this, no changes have been made in utensils, mess bills, establishment charges etc.

At the same time, the one-time fee for the mess was also doubled, which has been reduced to Rs 5,500.