As part of the agitation against the state government not clearing their salaries on time for the past one year, the teaching staff of government -aided colleges, including DAV (PG) College, DBS (PG) College, MKP (PG) College and SGRR (PG) College, boycotted their work on Tuesday. Earlier, they had worked while wearing black ribbons on their arms from March 22 to 26. The protesters said that their agitation being staged under the banner of Garhwal University Teacher’s Association (GRUTA) would intensify in the coming days. They threatened to go for an indefinite cease-work from April 4 in case the salaries remain unpaid till then. They staged sit-ins in their respective campuses too on Tuesday.
GRUTA general secretary D K Tyagi said that they have boycotted their works in support of their demands. “We demand our salaries be regularized and should be paid on time each month. In the last one year, our salaries are erratic,” he said. He further said that the non- teaching staff of the colleges supported the agitation too. “If the state government fails to release the pending salaries by April 3 we would go for an indefinite strike from April 4. A meeting would be held on April 4 and such a decision might be taken there if the situation remains the same,” he said.
While talking to The Pioneer on Tuesday evening, SGRR (PG) College principal VA Bourai said that they had boycotted the work in the college on Tuesday. However, they received their two month’s salary on Tuesday evening, he added.