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Sunday, 10 January 2021

Three years on, 1,700 Kurukshetra University pensioners await arrears

Nitish Sharma

Tribune News Service

Kurukshetra, January 9

Nearly 1,700 pensioners of Kurukshetra University have been awaiting arrears worth Rs 14 crore of nearly 19 months (from January 2016 to September 2017) for the past three years.

The pensioners claim that the university had revised the pay of its staff and pension of pensioners with effect from January 1, 2016. The enhanced salaries are being paid since September 2017, but the difference of 19 months is still lying pending.

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Davinder Sachdeva, Petitioner

Facing financial issues

The pensioners are facing financial issues. Due to age-related ailments and other issues, they can't go and meet the authorities for the release of their arrears repeatedly. The government should release the grant at the earliest.

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Davinder Sachdeva, retired assistant registrar, Kurukshetra University, said, "Despite repeated representations, the Kurukshetra University is yet to clear the dues of around Rs 14 crore. Earlier, the university expressed helplessness and claimed that it had no funds to clear the arrears. Later, the university wrote to the government and sought Rs 15-crore grant-in-aid so that the dues of pensioners could be cleared but to no avail."

"Finding no other way, we moved to the Punjab and Haryana High Court earlier this year and the university informed the court that it has been facing shortage of funds, it has sought grant from the government and that is awaited. The High Court also asked the state government as to how much time it will take to consider the request of Kurukshetra University for grant of arrears of pension. The case will be next heard on January 25," he said.

Davinder Sachdeva, one of the petitioners, said, "The pensioners are facing financial issues. Due to age-related ailments and other issues, they can't go and meet the authorities for the release of their arrears repeatedly. Last month, one of the petitioners also died. The government should release the grant at the earliest."

Meanwhile, Dr Brajesh Sawhney, Director Public Relations, Kurukshetra University, said, "The University has already taken up the matter with the state government, it has sought a grant of Rs 15 crore for this purpose. The matter is being further pursued by the higher authorities with the government."



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