Staff Reporter

WARANGAL: The Potti Sriramulu Telugu University is planning to either close or shift the existing Folk & Tribal Lore wing here, according to the employees who are up in arms.

According to the 14 temporary employees who have been working for over a decade at its wing here accused the authorities of turning blind eye towards the work done at the centre. “We are at crossroads now with the university planning to remove all the temporary employees. We gave our youthful years in the hope of permanent employment,” lamented G Venkanna, one of the temporary employees. The wing has only three permanent staff and rest were all on contract.

Despite difficulties

Any decision to remove the temporary staff would affect the lives of 14 employees and their families, said A. Mallikarjun. The employees accused the authorities of failing to showcase the achievements of the Tribal Lore wing which did remarkable work with the aid from Ford Foundation. “Despite difficulties we moved from place to place collectinginformation as part of documentation work,” We left our families behind for days on and on in our wild chase for material,” another employee A. Siva Prasad rued.

Mr. Venkanna explained that four coordinators, five project assistants, one video grapher, two computer operators, one technical assistant and a driver were working on temporary basis drawing a meagre salary of Rs. 5,000 and less. They have been working on one year contract which is being renewed every year for more than a decade. However, when the contract expired this year on August 10, it was not renewed for the reasons best known to the authorities.

The temporary employees allege that some vested interest groups were trying to show the Tribal Lore centre in bad light . “There is a rift between the vice chancellor and registrar. The registrar, Mr. Bhaktavatsala Reddy, who was dean here, is being targeted,” lamented some of the temporary employees here.