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Varsity fast to mar CM visit

Dumka, Nov. 28: The hunger strike launched by a section of SKMU non-teaching staff yesterday in protest against non-payment of salary is all set to cast its shadow on chief minister Hemant Soren’s three-day visit to his home constituency, Dumka, which starts tomorrow.

Although Hemant is unlikely to visit SKMU, the employees — many of them land losers at the proposed site for the university’s permanent building at Dighi — are fasting unto death to draw the chief minister’s attention towards their plight.

Notably, the agitating staff’s services were regularised in October last year by the university administration. Letters to this effect were handed over by none other than Hemant when he was the deputy chief minister in Arjun Munda government.

“But we never received our salaries. Hemant has turned a blind eye towards us even though he has become the chief minister,” rued Anju Murmu. He is among the 50-odd employees who were appointed as third and fourth grade staff, after having served on casual basis at the university headquarters.

According to sources, HRD department had raised objection on the legality of these appointments.

Vice chancellor Ramyatan Prasad told The Telegraph that the HRD department was yet to approve regularisation of the services of these employees, citing Section 35 of the Jharkhand State University Act.