Sunil Yadav from Barmer who is studying in Maharaja College here has been asked by his landlord to pay the entire three months’ rent failing which he won’t be allowed to take his luggage.
“I am still in Barmer and my landlord in Mahesh Nagar is demanding to pay the entire amount. My father has a cloth shop which was closed for three months in the lockdown. We are still facing economic losses so, I asked my landlord to reduce the amount as everyone is affected by the lockdown but he did not agree,” said Sunil.
The government had earlier directed that landlords cannot force students to pay rent during the lockdown. But, now the students are in dire straits.
Another students Shilpy Chaudhary studying in Rajasthan University says it is difficult for her to pay the entire rent in one go. “I asked my landlord in Ridhi Siddhi to let me pay the rent in installments. My father is a vegetable farmer and we faced severe losses during lockdown. My landlord has clearly told me to either pay Rs 15,000 for three months or vacate the room. If landlords of commercial buildings can reduce the rent amount then why aren’t these landlords doing so,” said Shilpy.
The issue has been taken up by both the student political parties in Rajasthan University. NSUI spokesperson Ramesh Kumar Bhati says, “We are continuously getting calls from students who are in distress. NSUI is asking the government to make some policy for students and waive the rent. Everyone has faced immense economic losses during the lockdown including students.”
Even ABVP is blaming the government for not devising any policy for the students. State secretary of ABVP Hushyaar Meena says, “CM Ashok Gehlot who made many false promises to students wasn’t able to give them unemployment allowance after coming into power. The pandemic has hit everyone hard and a policy is needed for students facing financial problems. Government must take some action against these landlords and they should be compelled to reduce the rent.”