Varsity employees relieved from census work

May 16, 2013, 06:27 IST | Niranjan Medhekar

Many staff members of the varsity have been seeking extensions on their census and election-related work to get a few more days of holiday, say sources

Following the MiD-DAY report on May 8 about how University of Pune (UoP) is facing acute shortage of man power as 138 employees are either with the PMC or with the district administration doing census or election-related work, PMC has relieved 25 UoP staff who were deployed at various ward offices across the city.

“Just two days ago PMC relieved 25 of our staff members. Now we have got back all our staff working with administrative department,” informed UoP deputy registrar (administration) Vikas Patil.

Some respite: 25 staffers of the varsity, who were engaged in census and election-related work, have now come back. Representation Pic    

When contacted UoP registrar Dr Narendra Kadu said, “It is only because of your news, which covered the ground reality in the varsity, that we got quick results. I am also meeting PMC commissioner Mahesh Pathak with a request to relieve the other employees.”

After the MiD-DAY report, UoP administration has also started keeping an eye on employees who deliberately take an extension on their census work or election duty, to ‘enjoy’ paid holidays. According to members of some employee associations many employees are neither reporting on their census duty nor have they rejoined UoP.

The varsity administration is scanning a similar case in which one employee working in the Psychology department has submitted a letter of extension with the signature of district supply officer (DSO) Madhukar Bodke.

“We found the letter suspicious as the employee has made some deliberate changes in the format to get extension on his election duty. We have approached the DSO and also asked him to take day to day feedback from the employees,” informed one official on condition of anonymity.

When contacted, Bodke said that he has not given any such extension letter to any of the Pune University employees working under him on election-related work.  

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