Staff Reporter

Rs. 3,000, Rs. 1,000 for contract, hostel workers respectively

Hike in salary of teaching assistants to Rs. 9,000 per month

ANANTAPUR: The administration of Sri Krishnadevaraya University (SKU) on Monday resolved the contract and hostel workers’ issue by hiking their wages. It was also decided to hike the salaries of the teaching assistants in the university. Though the hike affected was not as desired by the contract workers it, however, ended the 11-day strike by them.

The decisions were taken at the academic senate committee meeting held, when pressure was mounting on the administration to resolve the contract workers issue. The meeting was chaired by Vice-Chancellor A. Rama Rao and was attended by Registrar Y. Krishna Reddy and the executive committee members.

There were about 210 contract and hostel workers in the university campus here.

As per the hike given, the contract workers getting Rs. 1,800 per month so far would now get Rs. 3,000 and the hostel workers taken as free food workers would get Rs. 1,000 per month against Rs. 300 they were getting now.

They were on relay fast for the last 11 days and the problem was taken to the notice of Finance Minister K. Rosaiah and Panchayati Raj Minister J.C. Diwakar Reddy here on Sunday. Registrar Y. Krishna Reddy called on Mr. Diwakar Reddy on Sunday and represented the problem of contract workers. Similarly, it was also decided to hike the salary of teaching assistants from Rs. 8,000 a month to Rs. 9,000 against the demand for Rs. 10,000.

Earlier, Teaching Assistants’ Association members led by Ch. Rami Reddy represented their problem to the Vice Chancellor, Registrar and EC members.

They demanded hike of their salary to Rs. 10,000 per month and payment of salary directly in their names instead of through Head of the Department concerned.