Barbs fly as PAU polls near

HT Ludhiana Live - - Front Page - Gur­pal Kaur ludlivedesk@ hin­dus­tan­times. com

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.

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