Ludhiana: GADVASU under lens over child working in canteen
The veterinary varsity in Ludhiana has hit controversy after a video of a boy working in a canteen of the institution started circulating. A complaint has been lodged with the vice-chancellor of the varsity.
The complaint has been filed with vice-chancellor Dr AS Nanda through an e-mail by a city-based resident, Kuldeep Singh Khaira.
In the video, the child is seen working inside the mess of Kisan hostel located on the Guru Angad Dev Veterinary and Animal Sciences University (GADVASU) campus. The child has been identified as a 14-year-old from West Bengal.
The matter has also reached the Punjab State Commission for Protection of Child Rights. Commission chairman Sukesh Kalia has taken a note of the issue and assured action in the matter. “I will question the official concerned. It does not behove of GADVASU to employ a child,” Kalia said.
In his complaint, Khaira had told the V-C that a child was employed in the canteen being operated in the Kisan hostel of the varsity. “I have video proofs as well as at least 30 witnesses who are ready to depose before any inquiry panel into the matter. It is highly shameful that the faculty of your university is among the highest paid in the country but is acting as a mute spectator,” he wrote in his complaint.
Khaira wrote that in case the child was not moved out of the exploitative environment, by July 20, the V-C will be held personally liable in the matter.
Dr Harish Verma, director of extension education, claimed that the boy was the son of a cook at the canteen and was not working as a labourer. “His school is closed for summer vacation, so he had come along with his father to his workplace,” Dr Verma added.