EMPLOYEES AND administration are at loggerheads at the Barkatullah University with administration threatening employees with invoking ESMA and disciplinary action and employees warning they will launch a chain hunger strike if their demands were not met by Wednesday.
The administration has also warned employees that they would go without pay for the entire strike duration with effect from November 20.
Normal work at the university remained totally disrupted with entire non-teaching staff remaining on strike for the second day on Tuesday. Students could not get any documents from the university and work of disbursement of exam forms also remained severely hampered.
No solutions were found on Tuesday with the Vice-Chancellor reportedly refusing to meet employee representatives and allegedly threatening them with termination or reversion to temporary cadre.
A general body meeting of the BU Gair Shikshak Karmachari Sangh was held on Tuesday wherein employees decided to go on hunger strike if needed.
Meanwhile, the university issued a notification signed by the registrar saying employees’ representatives had been informed that their demands could not be met due to procedural hurdles yet employees were continuing with the strike.
The notification further said the strike was hampering regular work of university and students were suffering, the academic calendar was affected and the image of the university was also taking a beating.
In such circumstances, the university has directed employees to join their duties from immediate effect failing which the university administration would be forced to invoke the provisions of MP Essential Services Maintenance Act (ESMA), 1979 and take disciplinary action as per the provisions in Section 31 of the MP Universities Act, 1973.
The notification also mentions that the strike period of the employees would be considered absence without sanction and pay would be deducted for this period.
Vice-Chancellor R S Sirohi has maintained that the main demand of the employees regarding promotions could not be fulfilled, as there are no vacant posts available.
In a press release issued here, the president and general secretary of the employees’ association Mahavir Singh and Lakhan Singh Parmar said on Tuesday, despite prior assurance, the vice-chancellor refused to meet them and threatened them that 150 employees might be terminated or reverted to lower cadre if the strike was not called off.
Following this, a general body meeting was held during which employees decided to intensify the agitation to a chain hunger strike if the 10-point demands were not met by Wednesday.