AGARTALA, Sept 16 - Demanding jobs and restoration of democracy in Tripura, thousands of youths under the banner of the Democratic Youth Federation of India (DYFI) and Tripura Youth Federation (TYF) organised a massive rally in Agartala on Monday.
Activists from different parts of the state gathered in the city and took out the massive rally, which started from Rabindra Bhavan area and ended at Vivekananda Stadium after passing through various thoroughfares of Agartala. Top leaders of both organisations later addressed a meeting at Vivekananda Stadium. Senior leaders of the CPI(M), including Opposition leader Manik Sarkar also walked in the procession.
The DYFI-TYF organised the rally in support of their 12-point charter of demands, including filling up of all vacant posts in government departments, alternative jobs for all 10,323 ad-hoc teachers, bank loan for unemployed youths with easy conditions, setting up a railway division in Tripura, stopping privatisation in the education sector, 200 days jobs under MGNREGA with minimum wages of Rs 340, etc.
Addressing the gathering, DYFI state president Palash Bhowmik said the massive rally proved that the deprived youths were now ready to organise statewide movements demanding jobs and food for all.
Asking people to raise their voices against the �anti-people� stance of the BJP, the meeting demanded a rollback in the price hike of healthcare services in government hospitals to protect the poor people of the state.
Bhowmik said that since the BJP-led coalition came to power, many opposition supporters were attacked to suppress their voices against the government�s misrule. He said that the BJP government has totally failed to maintain its commitments made in the vision document.
DYFI state secretary Nabarun Deb said that instead of fulfilling its commitments, the state government has been imposing different kinds of taxes on the common people.