At a time when the issue of 600 casual labors is haunting Kashmir University and the government has altogether refused to allot a fixed budget to pay them salaries, Vice Chancellor, Professor Talat Tuesday termed the rumors baseless that he is going to leave the University before the expiry of his tenure. “I am not going to leave the University. If I have to say something, I will say it on face. I have informed the government about the issue of casual labors and waiting for the response of the government,” Talat told Srinagar based news agency CNS adding that it is not his varsity only but this problem persists in Jammu University as well.
He said hundreds of casual labors had been appointed before he took over as the VC of the varsity. “Where from the government allot a separate budget for them? It is a problem and needs to be addressed. I am in touch with the government and hopefully this issued will be solved,” he said.
Vice Chancellor,Professor Talat confirmed that during the last meeting with Governor N.N.Vohara at Raj Bhavan the issue of casual labor was discussed threadbare. “The Governor discussed the functioning of the University with me, particularly issues relating to the recruitment in the past years of non-academic staff without satisfying requirements and norms,” he said.
He further said that this is not the problem which is being faced by Kashmir University only but this problem persists in Jammu University as well. “It is not me who has to find a solution and I can’t solve this problem. The government will hopefully find a solution to this problem,” he said and added that there is no way that he is going to leave the University before the expiry of his tenure just because of casual labor mess.
Pertinently, there are 600 casual labors which have been from January 2008 up to 2011.These casual labors were appointed on the recommendations of political leaders, University officials and other influential persons. University
has to pay Rs 25 lakhs as salary to these casual labors on monthly basis which is Rs 3 cores per year. State Government during the ongoing session has made it clear that they are not in a position to pay salaries to these casual labors. (CNS)