I&B ministry likely to hold talks with FTII students on Thursday

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With their strike touching 103 days, students of the Film and Television Institute of India have urged the ministry of information and broadcasting to meet them on Wednesday to resolve the ongoing agitation over the appointment of actor and BJP member Gajendra Chauhan as the chairman of the premiere institute.

The FTII students received a letter from the ministry asking them to suggest a date for the meeting to which the students have suggested 23 September.

The ministry proposed to the students to call off the strike for a dialogue.

The statement sent by the Students’ Association of FTII reads, “We have urged the ministry to meet us at the FTII campus tomorrow to resolve the issue, in light of the gravity of the hunger strike with one student sitting for the past 13 days and the situation on the ground.”

The students of the Pune-based institute are now sitting on a hunger strike since 10 September.

According to the students, Chauhan lacks the credentials for the post of the chairman and that his appointment is politically motivated.

(IANS)

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