Teachers strike cripples academic activates in Kashmir University

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Srinagar, Apr 02: The two day strike of Kashmir University Teachers began Monday crippling the academic activities in the campus. According to the sources the Varsity teachers under the banner of KUTA assembled near Administration Block early morning and protested against what they called attitude of the government in meeting their demands. They threatened to launch a full scale agitation if the Government failed to implement sixth pay commission arrears and UGC guidelines without any further delay. President KUTA, Prof Mohi-ud-Din Sangvi said that KU authorities and the government were forcing them to go for indefinite strike. “For the last several years we have taken up the issue of release of arrears with the concerned authorities but they have been resorting to delaying tactics,” he said. The KUTA President said that strike would continue on Tuesday also. “We will take a decision on Tuesday evening where further programme would be announced,” he said. Prof Sangvi said that doors of communication were open and he was meeting Chief Minister Omar Abdullah soon to discuss the issue. Prof A M Shah, Prof M A Wani, Prof Hameeda Nayeem, Prof Zaffar Reshi, Prof Khaliq-u-Zaman, Riyaz Rufai and others also spoke during the day long protests. Alleging that government has forced the Association to go for the strikes, they said, “Time and again, government has been ignoring our pleas. Our wait can’t endure as government is totally negating our considerations and demands.” KNS

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