Barbs fly as PAU polls near
LUDHIANA: Allegations and counter allegations, claims and counter claims are flying fast between the two sides contesting the bi-annual elections of the Punjab Agricultural University to be held on December 2.
PAU Employees Union presidential candidate Paramjit Singh Gill said the ruling group led by Harbans Singh Mundi had failed to get any demands of the employees approved by the board of management in the past four years. He said during the last elections the PAU Employees United Front had included 36 demands on its agenda, but could not implement even one of them.
“The Mundi group could not even get salaries for the employees on the first of every month and 40% arrears on revision of payscales,” Gill said, adding that the Punjab government employees had already got these arrears in May.
Not to remain quiet, two-time consecutive winner and PAU Employees United Front pres- idential candidate Mundi said, “During our tenure, we had represented employees’ demands to the board of management. We implemented the revised payscales, got promotion for clerical staff from junior assistant to senior assistant, and from senior assistant to superintendent.
“As promised during the last elections, we got promotion for field laboratories staff and technical employees, which had been kept on hold for 12 years,” he said.
Mundi said, “On par with the university teachers, the staff club was started. The union has started cashless medical treatment in several hospitals in the state. Around 60 employees have benefited from the facili- ty.”
He said if his side were elected, they would get special allowance for the C- grade employees implemented on lines of the state government staff, provide employees mobile phone allowance, replace the old Xray machine at PAU hospital, and get G-1 scale for technical assistants.
Mundi said his party would also push for promotions, recommendation to have two women members in the union, and relaxing fees of PAU employees’ children.
The PAU Employees Union is contesting the elections on the ‘mango’ symbol while the PAU Employees United Front has ‘cycle’ as its election symbol.