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The vice-chancellor of Bhim Rao Ambedkar Bihar University, Muzaffarpur, Pandit Palende, organised a daylong camp to acquaint himself with the problems of the retired teachers and non-teaching employees of the varsity.

The teachers and non-teaching employees of the postgraduate departments, administrative sections and constituent colleges, every year after their retirement, are often forced to seek the high court’s intervention in order to get their retirement benefits.

Palende was accompanied by the officials of the university, including registrar Vivekanand Shukla, proctor Ajay Kumar Shrivastava, development officer Kalyan Kumar Jha, pension officer Gangadev Yadav, finance officer JPN Singh, finance adviser J.P. Srivastava and legal officer Harendra Tiwary.

Palende also reviewed the pace of disposal of cases related to retirement dues of the teachers and non-teaching employees pending with the high court. He was surprised to see that more than 600 such cases are pending with the high court. After hearing the complaints of the retired teachers and non-teaching employees of the university, Palende tried to offer solution in 102 such cases.

“The university officials and its legal cell created to look after the high court cases incurred financial burden as it had to spent huge amount while pleading the cases,” said Arun Kumar Singh, a teachers’ representative.

The initiative of the vice-chancellor to rectify the irregularities prevailing in the pension section and financial department by inviting the aggrieved persons at the camp is a welcome move,” said Shatrughan Prasad, a teacher of the psychology department.

Proctor Ajay Kumar Srivastava said: “The vice-chancellor has decided to organise such camps at least twice a month to look into the options of settling the legal disputes of retired teachers and non-teaching employees.”

The vice-chancellor said it was a pity to see that the retired teachers prefer to lodge a case with the high court to seek their retirement benefits if the university ignores their pleas.

Palende directed the officials of the finance department and the pension department of the university to pay the outstanding dues of the retired persons immediately.

“The retired persons should not be harassed while getting their financial benefits,” he said.


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