BERHAMPUR:The non-muster roll (NMR) staff of Berhampur University on Wednesday sat on a 24-hour hunger strike demanding regularisation of their jobs. During the strike in front of the administrative block, around four agitators fell ill and were hospitalised.
Sources said though the NMR employees have already served for more than 15 years, their jobs have not been regularised.
A dharna launched by 76 NMR workers engaged in various departments of the university in support of their demand since February is continuing.
As no action was taken by the university authorities, NMR Employees’ Association on Wednesday began its third phase of agitation.
In a letter to the Vice-Chancellor, association president Ramchandra Padhi and secretary Sankar Prasad Samant informed about their strike and stated that in case of any untoward incident during the agitation, the NMR staff would not be held responsible.
In a notice to the association, Registrar of the University stated that despite an assurance to regularise the service of NMR staff, the association continued its strike and hence, the university would not be held responsible for any incident.