Bihar: Terminated college employees protest


PATNA: Altogether 25 terminated daily wage employees of the city-based J D Women’s College, a constituent unit of Pataliputra University, have been on dharna outside the college gate since August 28 in protest against the order.
Incidentally, the college has no permanent principal. RPM College of Patna City principal, Prof Punam, is the in-charge principal.

The agitated employees also locked the college gate for a while on Thursday and Friday to protest against their termination after about 20-25 years of continuous service to the college, an aggrieved employee Krishna Kumar told this newspaper on Sunday.

The aggrieved employees said they worked in the college for two decades as class III and IV support staff and got regular salary as approved by the erstwhile syndicate. “Their services were treated as daily wage employees of the college. However, problem started when the college authority notified on August 28 that their services were no longer required, they said.

Ramesh Jha, Anil Kumar, Mahesh Kumar among them said they had already crossed 50-55 years of age and had hardly any job opportunity left. Though they have not been paid for the past several months, the termination order has left them in the lurch.

According to sources, a delegation of the aggrieved employees recently met pro-VC G K Choudhary in this connection. The pro-VC gave a patient hearing to them and reportedly set up a committee to look into the matter sympathetically, sources said, adding the committee was yet to submit its report.

The aggrieved employees said they were not ready to accept the proposal to get their services outsourced. They said the university must consider their genuine grievances and reinstate them to save them from being humiliated.

When ed, an official said the university would take any decision only after getting the committee’s report. More or less the same problem was being faced in other constituent colleges of the new university, sources said.

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