Ganderbal: Kashmir University’s contractual non-teaching and technical staff is up in arms against the Varsity for no hike in their salaries for the past seven years.
They complained that their monthly pay has remained stagnant since 2008 – the year they were appointed. Some fifty of them continue to work on a monthly salary of Rs 5000-8000. After every six months, they said, their contract is extended by General Administration Department but without any hike in pay.
“I have been working in Kashmir University since 2008 as a technical staff but my salary continues to be Rs 6000,”said Jamsheed (name changed).
“I have crossed my marital age now. I am not getting a match because of my meagre salary,” he said.
These youth were appointed in 2008 on designation basis in different departments of Kashmir University as counsellor assistants, junior professional assistants, graphic designers and data entry operators.
In the same year, Jammu University also appointed staff on the similar conditions.
“But there is a difference between us and our Jammu counterparts,” said Shafia (name changed), a data entry operator. “While their pay was increased in 2010, we continue to thrive on peanuts, even when the varsity makes us to work like donkeys,” she said.
They said some among them with “contacts” managed to get permanent posts in the Varsity. “But the rest of us continue to be treated us casual labourers,” Shafia said.
“It is clearly mentioned in our agreements that we have been appointed as contractual non-teaching staff on designation basis. It is very sad that despite the clause, we continue to face official apathy,” she said.
Vice Chancellor of Kashmir University, Prof Khurshid Andrabi was unaware that the Varsity had hired contractual non-teaching staff.
“I don’t know which contractual staff it is,” he said. “I guess they are all casual labours. I will verify the issue first,” he said.
The Public Relations Officer said that the Varsity administration is likely to take up the matter with the Chancellor.