Action against UoP staffers for ignoring election duties?

Jun 20, 2013, 07:21 IST | Niranjan Medhekar

In the run-up to the election season there’s no room for slacking off. None other than the administration of University of Pune (UoP) finds itself in a bind over such a matter, as three of the varsity’s employees have been pulled up by the election department. The election registration officer of Parvati constituency of legislative assembly has asked the UoP registrar to suspend and file police case against the trio for deliberately neglecting the duties assigned to them last month.

The district administration has appointed 25 varsity employees as block level officers (BLOs) to complete work related to updating the voters list. However, on June 1, after establishing that some of the workers were not performing the tasks assigned to them, election registration officer Madhukar Bodke asked the university registrar to take strict action against three employees. MiD DAY has a copy of the order served to one of the non-teaching staffers of the varsity.

“You were appointed on voters list re-registration drive between April 1 and May 28. Even after repeated notices you have not completed the work assigned to you. It has been proven that you have deliberately neglected the work. That’s why I have come to the conclusion that you should face action under the law.”

When contacted, UoP registrar Dr Narendra Kadu said, “After receiving orders from the district administration, we have served show-cause notices to these employees.”

Asked if the varsity would debar the trio, Kadu said, “We just cannot suspend anyone without taking their stand into consideration. There are set procedures and we will decide future course of action after receiving their response.”

According to sources from the varsity, the concerned employees have now approached the UoP workers’ unions to pressurise the administration so it does not take strict action against them.

Speaking to MiD DAY, Bodke said, “The election commission has handed us the deadline of June 30 to complete voters’ list related work. Now if employees designated for the tasks do not execute them, we have to take action. Otherwise the election commission will initiate steps against us.”

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