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Nehu hill grant on its way back
Published on 9 Jan. 2010 11:28 PM IST
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The North East Hill University on Friday decided to restore the hills area special allowance, under pressure from agitating university staff, though the employees refused to suspend their movement for the removal of vice-chancellor Pramod Tandon, holding him responsible for the present crisis. Though the decision of a rollback on the allowance was taken by the university executive council, it will be referred to the academic council for a formal approval. The executive council in it’s meeting, however, expressed confidence in Tandon and appealed to the university staff to co-operate with him and withdraw their agitation. The council also decided to pay 75 per cent of the pending arrears according to the Sixth Pay Commission. There was mixed reaction among the joint action committee members who had been agitating for the allowance. While terming the restoration of the allowance a big achievement, the employees said the vice-chancellor should quit, as he is responsible for the present crisis. The chairman of action committee, S. Prasad, said they could no longer accept Tandon as the vice-chancellor. Prasad said the committee would continue to agitate for the removal of Tandon and would hold a meeting on Monday to decide on the future course of action. The joint action committee also opposed the decision to provide only 75 per cent of the pending arrears and demanded that the entire amount be provided to the employees in the current financial year. Tandon, however, said the allowance was withdrawn according to directives of the Union human resource development ministry. He said the decision to provide 75 per cent of the pending arrears to employees was also in adherence to the UGC’s directions.

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