The Delhi government has offered a clerical job to Raja Vemula, the brother of Dalit scholar Rohith Vemula whose suicide led the Centre facing an intense attack by the opposition.
According to a media report, Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal’s offer comes after Rohith Vemula’s mother met him earlier in February and asked for a government job for her younger son.
Rohith, 26, committed suicide inside University of Hyderabad hostel room on January 17, days after he was suspended from the HCU and expelled from the campus after allegedly getting into a scrap with with ABVP leaders. However, the student outfit has denied that they were responsible for these incidents.
Students and opposition parties had targeted the BJP government of driving the student to suicide due to its alleged bias towards Dalits.
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Raja holds the MSc degree from Pondicherry Central University with 72.8 per cent marks. In addition, he has also cleared the national eligibility test (NET) which qualifies him to be hired as an assistant professor in any college in the country.
Delhi government officials said the Vemula family had asked for a job and desire to move to Delhi, so the aim was help the family tide over financial distress.
“The candidate has been given relaxation from normal procedure of selection… and relaxation of skill test qualifications,” the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government’s letter sent on April 4 says. It is a temporary post.
However, some students and teachers at Hyderabad university are critical of AAP’s offer. They see it has an “insult” looking at the academic qualifications of Rohith’s brother.