AIEUC to gherao Parliament to resolve long standing demand- Hota
Bhubaneswar, Feb 4 : The extended meeting of the National Executive of All India University Employees Confederation(AIUEC) has resolved to 'Gherao Parliament' during its winter session.
The meeting of the National Executive and the East Zone Conference of AIUEC was attended by 350 members and delegates from 22 states which concluded at Sambalpur University.
The AIUEC also resolved to serve notice to HRD Ministry of the Union Government to settle the long-pending demands of AIUEC such as UGC pay-scale, uniform service conditions, end to casual and contractual employment, democratisation of university bodies and to stop interference in university administration and increase financial allocation to universities with provisions for accountability.
AIEUC president Bhavani Shankar Hota said there is a shortage of 40 per cent staff almost in each and every university in the country.
He said the AIUEC is thoroughly opposed to Foreign University Bill introduced in Rajya Sabha in 2010 and demanded its immediate withdrawal.
The AIUEC has been demanding the Union Government to take steps to increase allocation for education to 6 per cent of GDP as enunciated in the 'New Education Policy' by the then Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986 and further commitment made by Sonia Gandhi for provision of 6 per cent of GDP in Common Minimum Programme (CMP) adopted by UPA in 2004.
Mr Hota alleged that instead of providing adequate funds and strengthening higher education sector both in quantitative and qualitative terms, the Indian Government is allowing students and their parents to be plundered in the name of International Higher Education.
He cautioned that if the Union HRD Ministry did not take positive steps by the end of April the National Council meeting of AIUEC scheduled to take place at Andhra University, Visakhapatnam on May 11 and 12 next to devise the further course of action and make preparation for 'Parliament Gherao' during its winter sessions.
The National Executive also reiterates its earlier decision to support and participate in the industrial strike by the trade union on February 20 and 21, Mr Hota said.