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Minister justifies KU’s move to take action against those questioned Salary challenge call

THIRUVANANTHAPURAM: Higher schooling minister Okay T Jaleel has justified Kerala University's controversial transfer to take disciplinary motion against teachers’ union leaders for wondering the salary challenge call.

Opposition leader Ramesh Chennithala, in a submission on Thursday, requested the minister to interfere the transfer to take action against Kerala University Teachers Organisation (KUTO) leaders. The opposition leader said it used to be undemocratic on the a part of the government and college to initiate disciplinary motion against teachers’ who refused to partake within the Salary challenge. ``The High Court and Supreme Court have unequivocally clarified that salary challenge can't be thrust upon people. The transfer to take action against the union leaders can't be justified on any floor'', he said.

However, higher schooling minister Okay T Jaleel refused to comment on the disciplinary motion being mooted against the union leaders. The minister claimed that the leaders used unacceptable language whilst responding to the Salary challenge call made by the Chief Minister. ``All unions had expressed cohesion with the salary challenge programme when it used to be discussed first. But later, the Kerala University Teachers Organisation leaders wrote a letter to college VC, which broke the limits of all decency. That’s why disciplinary motion is being initiated after an inquiry'', the minister said.

``The common secretary, Kerala University Teacher's Organisation (KUTO), vide open letter cited, has raised positive questions regarding the vice chancellor's appeal to give a contribution one month's salary to Chief Minister's distress aid fund, consequent to the flood that occurred in our state in August 2018. Prima facie, it sounds as if, the general secretary on behalf of KUTO has made an try to subvert the process of rebuilding of recent Kerala state and likewise to embattle a fraction of staff against the vice chancellor in addition to the syndicate. By discussing the coverage/motion of the government in writing, the general secretary has wilfully violated section 60 (a) of the behavior rules. Para 3 and 12 of the letter sounds disloyalty in opposition to government and hence in violation of rule 72 of the behavior rules. Also, the general secretary, KUTO in para 12 of the letter has described the democratically elected Kerala government and undemocratic'', the display cause realize served by the college vice-chancellor to the KUTO common secretary said.

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