The National Students Union of India (NSUI), which was almost defunct for the past one-and-a-half years, has started its on-campus membership drive at universities and colleges across 21 districts of central Uttar Pradesh demanding ‘Right to Employment’ for youths.
The elections for the district and the state units of NSUI would start after the membership drive ends on April 8.
The move comes after the recently conducted membership drive by ABVP across campuses in the state. In order to ensure genuine membership, NSUI will provide digital code to its members after they send an e-mail or give a missed call on a toll-free number circulated on the campus.
“Labourers have MGNREGA, poor have Right to Food, children have Right to Education but here in UP, the youngsters are offered unemployment allowance rather than employment. Unemployment among educated youth is a major problem, thus we have started this campaign seeking “Right to Employment” across campuses,” said Kanishka Pandey, president of the central zone of NSUI in Uttar Pradesh.
“The elections have been delayed a bit but we have been active on campus and recently won some of the college elections as well,” he said.
While the central zone of NSUI inducted nearly 35,000 members last time, its target this time is far higher keeping in view the 2017 Assembly elections. Each delegate, who wishes to be part of the NSUI election process, has been asked to make at least 10 primary members.
Meanwhile, a special session has been called for all NSUI and Youth Congress office-bearers in Lucknow with either poll strategist Prashant Kishoror his team members on April 2.
“We have been informed that a meeting would take place in Lucknow, where Prashant Kishor or his team is expected,” said district NSUI president of Lucknow, Khursheed Ahmad, who is also contesting for the central zone state president post this time.
Apart from raising the issue of employment, they will also raise the issue of non-payment of minority students’ scholarship, Khursheed said.