PUTA to intensify stir as Pbi varsity yet to pay salaries

PUTA to intensify stir as Pbi varsity yet to pay salaries

Tribune News Service
Patiala, February 5

Punjabi University has failed to pay salary to its employees. University professors have now decided to intensify their protest in this regard.

The funds-starved university is now supposed to pay roughly Rs66 crore as salary and pension for December and January to its employees. Though a special grant of Rs22 crore has been sanctioned by the state government, it has not yet reached university.

University acting Vice-Chancellor (VC) Ravneet Kaur said the decision over special grant was taken after meetings with Finance Minister Manpreet Singh Badal, Higher Education Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and other officials.

The university public relations office said, “The process for releasing grant takes time. The university will get the amount soon, which will be disbursed accordingly.”

Meanwhile, Punjabi University Teachers’ Association (PUTA) representatives said it was the first time ever that salaries were pending for too long. They also held a protest march on the university campus yesterday.

Avneet Pal Singh, PUTA secretary, said, “We have decided to protest on the university campus and in the city in the coming days.” “We might also hold classes for students outside university campus,” he added.

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