HP NEWS SERVICE
Tura, Jul 1: The Post Graduate Students’ Union (PGSU) has questioned the NEHU Tura campus administration after it was found that supplies which include rice cookers, gas cylinders were apparently supplied by a medical store.
According to PGSU, a Covid committee was formed by NEHU to deal with the Covid crisis and when the members of the union went to check the purchases made, they were surprised.
“We were disappointed to find out that one JeevanJyoti Medical Hall has been shown supplying items like stoves, utensils among others. It has evidently raised questions as to how a medical store can supply such items,” said the PGSU president, Jakrimra Marak today.
According to the Union, when confronted on the issue, NEHU authorities were edgy and denied giving information on the purchases.
“The PVC even refused to disclose information and said that a RTI is needed to check the receipts. Even some of the staff members said that the bill is confidential. Why are the receipts confidential? We managed to get the copy of the receipts and we feel that as a students’ union of the campus we have the right to know where the university’s money is being spent,” added Marak.
The PGSU further expressed disappointment over the fact that the PVC ordered a student from Arbella Boys’ Hostel to clear the room of one of hostel mates without the consent of the warden as well as the room owner.
“It has been said that the PVC tried to shift some cooks of NEHU guest house to a student’s room (after guest house was converted to a quarantine center). Clearing of the student’s room without consent is not right. This act is careless and is condemned. If there was a need for a room the PVC could have arranged any classroom from the campus,” he added.
The union further alleged that while regular employees have been getting benefits of safety, non-regular employees were being shunned.
“The non-regular workers have reported that they are deprived of masks and sanitisers. With the presence of many quarantine centres within the campus the workers are scared of the exposure during this pandemic. There are reports that say that the workers got a salary cut off in the month of May even when there was a 50 per cent attendance and the workers claim that as per the Central government notice there was not supposed to be a cut off,” he alleged.
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