THE MEETING of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) of the Barkatullah University – being held after a gap of eight years – ended in a controversy soon after it began on Thursday afternoon, without any substantial proceedings.
Enraged at the premature curtailing of the meeting and no decision regarding promotions, employees reiterated their warning of proceeding on indefinite strike from Monday – November 20.
BU Gair Shikshak Karmachari Sangh general secretary Lakhan Singh Parihar said the Vice-Chancellor had given them written assurance that orders on promotion would be issued by Friday.
Since the meeting of DPC could not be completed and thus no orders are expected, employees will go ahead with their decision of indefinite strike.
The final decision on this will be announced at a meeting of the employees to be held at 2 pm on Friday. The meeting of DPC – headed by registrar Dr Sanjay Tiwari, ran into controversy almost soon after it began. Promotions on about 60 posts were to be reportedly considered during the meeting. As the meeting started, it was mentioned that there were 13 sanctioned posts of Section Officers as against 31 as suggested by the employees.
Employees had made representations for promotion on 12 vacant posts of SO – considering 31 sanctioned posts. Employees’ representative on the committee M K Vishwakarma put forth the employees’ views strongly and controversy erupted.
As the news reached outside, employees gathered before the meeting venue and started raising slogans, leading the committee members to get further infuriated and cancel the meeting. This upset the employees, who then gathered and reiterated their decision to go on indefinite strike.
They maintained when 31 posts of SO were shown before the high power committee and same number was used for filling up backlog posts, why should it not be considered, while the chairman of the committee Dr Tiwari reportedly maintained that there are only 13 sanctioned posts. Dr Tiwari could not be contacted for comments.