Temporary non-teaching staff of Dr Gangubai Hangal University of Music and Performing Arts, whose dharna outside the university premises in Mysuru entered the 45th day on Wednesday, requested an audience with the minister in Chief Basavaraj Bommai on his next visit to Mysuru.
A total of 21 non-teaching staff have complained that they have not been paid for ten months, have been denied a work opportunity since last November and have been denied entry to the premises for two months.
The restless employees wrote a letter to Deputy Commissioner Bagadi Gautham asking for an opportunity to meet directly with the Chief Minister to find a solution to their woes. Protesters said Bommai was due to travel to Mysuru on Thursday. However, Manjula B., one of the affected employees, said The Hindu that they have not yet heard from the DC about their request for a hearing with the CM.
In a statement, the employees said they had worked at the university for eight to 10 years based on a consolidated monthly salary. However, the refusal to pay them their salaries for the past ten months has put them and their families in great difficulty. They urged the authorities to ensure that their salaries are released immediately and that the necessary steps are taken to regularize their services.
Already, several people’s representatives, including Lok Sabha MPs from Chamarajanagar and Mysuru V. Srinivas Prasad and Pratap Simha respectively, besides Housing Minister V. Somanna and MP representing Chamaraja Assembly Constituency in Mysuru L. Nagendra , had also written to the authorities to consider the request. sympathetically agitated employees. However, there was no response from the government.
Meanwhile, the university’s registrar said the government had made it clear that it was not responsible for releasing financial aid for the appointment of temporary, contract or outsourced staff by the university in addition to the government-sanctioned positions. In addition, the government has made it clear that universities will abide by its rules on appointments and that disciplinary action will be taken against university officials if the rules are broken.
The Registrar also said that no decision on the applications of temporary non-teaching staff can be made until the High Court has ruled on a written petition filed by a temporary university employee in this regard.