The weeklong stand-off between the SVU top-brass and the striking ‘time-scale’ non-teaching employees over payment of HRA and CCA and a subsequent unsavoury incident, has ended, at least for the time being.
The time-scale employees’ stir got notched up last week following the suspension of the president of their Association for allegedly hurling abuses at Vice-Chancellor W. Rajendra in his official chambers resenting his alleged ‘unhelpful attitude’ in meeting the ‘genuine demands’ of the striking staff.
After an initial hard stance, the Vice-Chancellor and his senior aides are now amenable for an end to the impasse, thanks to the intervention by the Tirupati MLA, B. Karunakar Reddy, with both the camps.
The MLA expressed regret over the incident on behalf of the union leader. Following this, the Vice-Chancellor sent a feeler to the agitating time-scale staff through the Rector that the suspended leader would, in all probability, be reinstated on April 3 and that their demand for payment of HRA and CCA would also be tackled within two months.
The elated employees, after calling off their agitation, later went in a procession to the Vice-Chancellor’s chamber and offered him a garland, signalling an end to the row, at least for the time being.
The MLA was said to have told the time-scale staff that if the university authorities failed to keep their word regarding HRA and CCA payments, they could bank on his full support for whatever agitation they launched later.
MLA B. Karunakar Reddy intervenes and expresses regret over the incident on behalf of time-scale staff union; Vice-Chancellor hints that suspended union leader will be reinstated on April 3