After a four-hour siege of the Annamalai University Registrar R.Meenakshisundaram’s office on Thursday, the demand of the Joint Action Council for annual increment to the staff was conceded.
The JAC had given an ultimatum to the Registrar that if he did not arrange for increment by January 31 they would besiege his chamber and would not leave the place till the demand was met.
The JAC members were disappointed on getting salary slips without an increment and they held a meeting on the university campus in the afternoon. They then took out a rally to the Registrar’s office. Hundreds of JAC members trooped into the office at about 1 p.m. while many waited outside. They raised slogans stating that if the Registrar could not get them the annual increment he must quit. Then, Vice-Chancellor M.Ramanathan intervened and sought time to grant them the annual increment.
But they were not agreeable and asked the management to arrange for the required finance without delay. When the situation turned tense, Dr Ramanathan informed District Collector R.Kirlosh Kumar, Superintendent of Police A.Radhika and Additional Superintendent of Police (Chidambaram) M.Durai.
When Mr. Durai led a large contingent of police force to the university campus the JAC members picked up an argument with them. As the situation turned worse, the Vice-Chancellor agreed to pay the annual increment. The JAC members let the Registrar go at 5 p.m.
Joint Coordinator of the JAC S. Mathialagan said the JAC had also put forth the demands that the government must intervene soon to improve the financial condition of the university.
Besides, the Vice-Chancellor should make arrangements for talks with Pro-Chancellor and revoke suspension orders against seven JAC members.