JAMMU, JUN 3: Polytechnic Academic Arrangements will go on strike from 5th May against their non regularization despite having served the department for several years. This was announced during a meeting of the All J&K Polytechnic Academic Arrangements Association chaired by its President Atul Sudan at the Govt Polytechnic Bikram Chowk here today.
Addressing the meeting Atul Sudan said that Academic Arrangements are the back bone of the department and they comprise eighty percent of teaching staff in polytechnics. He said academic staff had given many crucial years of their life for the department with many of them even becoming over aged now. He alleged that the department is now playing very cheap tactics with Academic Arrangements to terminate them one by one. He said that department instead of formulating any regularization policy for them as assured by the previous Chief Minister, Technical Education Minister and officials, is using the means of transfers and new postings to terminate the Academic Arrangements. He said that it is very unjust that those who have served the department for many years that too on very merger salary of Rs. 6500 and Rs. 7000 are now being asked to quit to be replaced by permanent staff appointed through transfers.
President Atul Sudan said that all the academic arrangements are continuing to work as per the court directions allowing them to work till court gives pronounced judgment in the PIL filed for regularization. He said the department is getting personal with the Academic Arrangements and is violating the court orders. He said that in view of the flouting of Court direction they will file a contempt petition against them. He reiterated that the association has unanimously decided to go on strike till all terminated academic arrangements are not called to rejoin and the department provides a permanent solution to the issue. He said department for the last 5 years has been assuring them enhancement of salary but every time they have been cheated. He said in last assembly session in Jammu our Technical Minister in reply to question of Sofi Yusuf in the Assembly replied that department is working on their salary enhancement issue and will also look for a regularization policy for them, but all replies in the assembly remained in papers only and nothing substantial was done on ground.