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RU employees protest, students face brunt

Protest was triggered by the death of a grade four staffer, Ganesh Narayan Kumawat, who was ‘unjustly’ transferred from Commerce College

jaipur Updated: Jun 17, 2016 20:46 IST
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RU employees protest outside the vice chancellor's office.
RU employees protest outside the vice chancellor's office.(HT Photo)

Protest by Rajasthan University Sahayak Sangh members outside the office of the vice chancellor on Friday demanding the removal of University Commerce College vice principal has hamstrung administrative work, causing heartburn to students seeking certificates and marksheets.

The protest was triggered by the death of Ganesh Narayan Kumawat who worked in Commerce College until he was relieved of his duties by the college administration recently.

“Kumawat was stressed because he was unjustly relieved of his duties by the vice principal and that was the reason that he suffered from a heart attack and died. We demand immediate removal of VK Gupta as he is running the college with a dictatorial attitude,” said Mohammad Mustafa, the president of RU Sahayak Sangh.

Since administrative work was paralysed, people who had come from outside Jaipur for certificates were inconvenienced.

“I came here all the way from Alwar to collect the migration certificate of my son, who cannot take admission in college unless the certificate is attached. Tomorrow is the last date for submitting the form and I couldn’t get the certificate today because of the protest,” said 66-year-old Ranjit Singh.

For over three hours the students and their parents stood in queue outside the counter from where the migration certificate is issued but at the end had to return empty handed.

“There is no system here and we have been standing here since morning but to no avail. What are we supposed to do if we can’t submit our marksheets and migration certificate before the last day? There’s no one to listen to our concerns,” said Sakshi Batra, a student.

The sangh members have been on a relay hunger strike for 38 days against the university administration for not allowing them to conduct elections of the Sangh for the last 10 years.

“After the death of our fellow employee, we have come up with a three-point demand. Along with the removal of the vice principal we also want a compensation of Rs. 20 lakh for family of the deceased Kumawat. We also demand that the university give a job to any one member of Kumawat’s family,” said Lakshman Sain, another member of the Sangh.

The agitating employees said a letter was sent to Vice Chancellor JP Singhal by both the sangh as well as the Rajasthan University non-teaching staff union, but the VC has replied only to the sangh, inviting them for a meeting.

“This is a deliberate attempt to create friction between the two employees’ union but we are not falling into their trap. We will meet the vice chancellor only when representatives of both the unions are allowed to participate in the meeting,” said Mustafa.

A large number of police personnel from control room and the nearby police stations kept vigil in the university.

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