Agitating students of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) on Sunday decided to call off their hunger strike after ministry of information and broadcasting (I&B) has replied to their letter. The meeting between ministry and students will take place on September 29 at 11 am.
FTII Students have earlier said that they would call off the hunger strike if ministry of information and broadcasting takes "immediate trust building measures" and confirms a date and venue for a meeting.
"It has been a back-and-forth journey for us where the ministry took a U-turn from wanting to have a meeting. We replied to the letter sent by joint secretary (films) K Sanjay Murthy on Friday urging him to arrange a meeting and intimate students about the modalities of an official dialogue at the earliest... we sincerely and urgently hope that this meeting can now be fixed as soon as possible. It is impossible for us to go to Delhi again as some of us are on hunger strike here. Students are the biggest victims of the strike," Vikas Urs, a representative of the FTII students' association, has told reporters.
On Thursday evening, Murthy had written to the students firmly reiterating their stand that talks will take place "only if the students withdraw the strike". In the letter, the ministry put the entire responsibility on the students for the ongoing agitation and said that the issue has not been resolved because of the students.
Murthy's letter had taken note of the health condition of Himanshu Shekhar, a 2012-batch student of acting at FTII, who has been on indefinite fast for the last 17 days.
The students have been on strike against the "political appointments" on the FTII Society for the last 107 days. Seven students have been taken to the hospital since the students sat on an indefinite fast on a replacement basis from September 12.