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Meghalaya: Silent protest staged by NEIAH Students enter third day
By Our Reporter, TNT News | Shillong, March 14, 2018:
Irked by the management's 'indifferent' attitude towards their plight, over 200 students of the North Eastern Institute of Ayurvedic and Homeopathic (NEIAH), Shillong staged a silent protest inside the campus at Mawdiangdiang in New Shillong.
For three consecutive days, the students have not attended any classes as a mark of protest against the alleged 'indifferent' attitude shown by the management towards their plight. The students have been demanding better transport facilities, accommodation, hostel facilities or subsidy to compensate their rent.
"My parents are farmers and I have worked hard to get here. There is no proper transport facilities, no hostels and we are spending a lot on rent," said Arjun Nima from Arunachal Pradesh further adding, "We had apprised the administration about our difficulties and requested them to at least pay us subsidy so that we can cope up with the expenditure, but we have heard no word from them on this".
Another student hailing from Assam, Juri Gogoi, said, "We have just two bus to cater to over 200 students and no hostel facilities and as it is, the institute is at quite a distance from where we have put up on rent a little subsidy would go a long way in helping us".
"We Girls we don't feel safe in the private hostel, and we will continue with our protest till our demand is met," Gogoi, added.
Yet another student Arkha Debnath expressed dismay over the issue but was hopeful that things would change in coming days.
"I am hopeful that the administration will listen to us and in coming days we will have some solution," said Debnath.
The North Eastern Institute of Ayurveda & Homoeopathy (NEIAH), Shillong, Meghalaya is an autonomous institute newly established under the Ministry of AYUSH, Government of India. The Institute is developed adjacent to the North Eastern Indira Gandhi Regional Institute of Health and Medical Sciences (NEIGRIHMS) at Mawdiangdiang.