Joint Action Committee of Non-Govt Colleges Management Federation – Punjab and Chandigarh, Federation of Associations of College Principals – Punjab and Chandigarh, Punjab and Chandigarh Teachers Union (PCCTU) and Federation of Non-Teaching Employees of Punjab, in its meeting held at Lyallpur Khalsa College Jalandhar, yesterday decided to observe College Bandh on Nov. 30 and Dec 6. On Dec 30, Colleges will observe bandh and representatives of Managements, Principals, Teachers and Non-Teaching employees will hold District level rallies and marchs at District headquarters. On Dec 6, the colleges will observe bandh and after holding a rally at Sector 25, Chandigarh, employees will court arrest at Chandigarh. If the Govt. fails to address the grievances agitation will be intensified their after.
In the absence of President of Joint Action Committee Sh. S.C. Sanwalka, who is away to Hyderabad, meeting was presided over by Sh. S.P. Anand. Reporting on the proceedings of the meeting of the Joint Action Committee General Secretary of Joint Action Committee Dr Jagwant Singh told that all the stakeholders took part in the meeting. The meeting was hosted by general Secretary of Federation of Principals Association of Punjab and Chandigarh, Principal Jaspal Singh Randhawa. In addition to the representative of Management Federation, General Secretary PCCTU Sh. H.S Walia, Area Secretary PCCTU Sh. H.S. Atwal and leader of non-teaching employee Sh. M.L. Khullar participated in the delegation.
Joint Action Committee was unanimous in its opinion that Govt. of Punjab must fulfill its duty toward the non-govt. colleges and its staff which has been rendering notable service to the society over decades. As its duty Govt should immediately implement the pension gratuity scheme approved by Akali BJP Govt. on December 12, 2001. This decision of the Govt. remain unimplemented even after a decade. The ban on requirement imposed in July 2005 shall be lifted, non-teaching employee shall be granted pay scale and allowances on the basis of their parity with their counter parts in Govt. College w.e.f. 1.1.2006 and other genuine grievance the staff should be addressed. The Joint Action Committee also decided the keeping in view the interest of the students the semester examination of universities will be held as per schedule.
Principal Dr. Jaspal Singh Randhawa, Gen. Secretary of Principal Federation and Sh. H.S. Walia, Gen. Secretary PCCTU hoped that Govt. will wakeup from its slumber and address the issues without any further delay.