TURA, Oct 10: The North Eastern Hill University (NEHU) – Tura campus continued to ignore the demands of close to 200 employees who are currently on a 2 day ‘Pen Down’ protest demanding ‘equal pay for equal work’ as mandated by the Central government.
“No communication is being given to us on whether the administration wishes to meet our genuine demands or not. The PVC of the NEHU – Tura campus did speak to us but there was no official communication provided on the matter,” said the employees during the agitation.
The entire non permanent staff of the campus including those from the Home Guard, Civil Defense, outsourced and contract staff gathered near the office of the PVC on Wednesday seeking answers to their questions but were left disappointed.
The current impasse in NEHU is due to an order given by the UGC on equal pay for equal work, which will increase the current salaries of the staff to live-able amounts from the current doles they are getting. The order has been given almost 3 years ago though NEHU is yet to implement the same. It allegedly chose to implement the state level wages, which fall far short of order by UGC.
“We just want an answer as to why the University is not implementing the order of the Central government on the matter. We are not asking them for alms or begging. We just want what is our right by the law of the land,” added the employees.
The employees have stated their intent to continue the fight for their right with the employees stating that they would undertake a ‘dharna’ if no answers are provided.
The PVC of NEHU Tura campus, G Singhaiah, however could not be contacted for comments despite repeated attempts.