Mangaluru, Aug 11: Hundreds of students and parents of Sri Rama high school in Kalladka and Sri Devi school at Punacha on Friday staged a protest against state government, holding meal plates symbolically suggesting that they were being deprived of meals, after state government withdrew financial grant, given by the Kollur Mookambika Temple in Udupi District, through adoption scheme.
This is seen by many, in political circles as a natural progression of the rivalry after the fall-out that Dakshina Kannada District in charge minister B Ramanath Rai had with RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat.
Venting their ire and terming move as snatching food from economically poor children, parents and students studying in these two schools, held protest in front of the taluk office at B C Road on Friday.
The State government on July 31 withdrew grants given to two government-aided private schools, under adoption scheme of the temple, managed by the Sri Rama Vidyakendra Trust. The trust is headed by RSS leader Kalladka Prabhakar Bhat.
The protesters said that 2,000 plus student from poor family studying Sri Rama school at Kalladka are being served afternoon lunch and are being provided uniform and text books free of cost.
Since 2007, financial assistance from Kollur temple is being extended to them as per permission given by then government. It continues even after government led by chief minister Siddaramaiah came into power. However, it is condemnable that the assistance has suddenly been withdrawn to two schools, they said.
They alleged that political rivalry has worked behind sudden withdrawal of grants and it is an atrocity on a Kannada school and violation to Right to Education. "We will continue to fight till justice is done if the said order is not taken back at the earliest," protestors stressed.
Students protest against withdrawal of grants to Kalladka Bhat’s school