AUTHORITIES OF the Chandra Shekhar Azad Agriculture and Technology University (CSA) are unaware of the exact number of daily workers engaged in the varsity.
The fact came to light when the university, to meet a high court order, applied to the government for additional grant to pay equal wages for equal work.
There are nearly half a dozen daily wagers appointed as class three and four employees at CSA. They perform jobs similar to that of permanent employees but the daily wagers are paid only Rs 58 per day. The amount is quite low compared to the wages of permanent employees.
The daily wagers had moved court and demanded pay similar to permanent workers. The court directed the university that it should ensure equal pay for equal work to all daily wagers.
In order to implement the court order, the government asked the university to furnish the number of daily wagers employed there. University authorities put the figure at 950. Consequently, the government sanctioned Rs 2.37 lakh for payment.
But to one’s surprise only 530 daily wagers turned up. No one knew where the rest of the 420 daily wagers were? Sources at the CSA Finance Department said despite their best efforts they could not find details about the appointment of 420 daily workers.
The Finance Department informed the government about the discrepancy in maintaining the records of daily wagers.
Sources said the order of the court has put additional financial burden on the government as after the implementation of the order a class three daily
wager would now get a monthly salary of about Rs 4500.
So far they were being paid Rs 1508.