The state government had recently warned the university to stop this allowance or face the proverbial music. The state government in its letter sent to the university recently had asked the university to adhere with the instructions otherwise the university will not be given the government grant anymore. The Punjab University Chandigarh had already decided to not to pay secretariat allowance to its employees.
The decision is likely to reduce the salary varying from Rs 600 to Rs 7000 of its non-teaching employees including the Deputy Registrar and from the senior to junior most employees under non-teaching. It will affect around 2500 employees of the university. Punjabi University Registrar Manjit Singh Nijjar confirmed the evening development and said that they have adopted the letter of the state government on this matter.
The Finance committee meeting was held at the Syndicate hall of the university on Wednesday where one of the members gave dissent over the decision to agree with the government policy and asked the university authorities to request the state government over this matter.
The Vice-Chancellor Prof. BS Ghuman, Registrar Manjit Singh Nijjar, Finance Officer, two government employees DCLA, two members nominated by Syndicate and others were present in the meeting.
Professor Yograj, HoD Development of Punjabi Language, who gave dissent in the meeting said, “The allowance was being given since 1970 to the employees of the university. The state government had already reduced the grants that were being given to the university in the past few decades. Now, the state government gave an ultimatum to the university to withdraw the secretariat allowance being given to its employees failing which the university will not receive the grants. I had written to the committee members that they should once again request the state government to review its decision over this as this will affect badly the employees of the university. I had also urged that students’ fee should also not be raised if there are any plans being made by the university authorities over it”.
Meanwhile, the Punjabi University Teachers Association (PUTA) members on Wednesday claimed to have met the Punjab Cabinet Minister Tript Rajinder Singh Bajwa and demanded One Time Special Grant (OTSG) and hike in annual grants for the university. The members explained him in detail about the deteriorating financial crisis of the university.