Kupwara: The Industrial Training Institute (ITI) Kupwara is headless since the death of it’s superintendent in September.
The superintendent passed away on September 1 but authorities did not send a replacement to fill up the vacant post. Subsequently, the institute is functioning without an administrator and over two dozen employees, working there, are without salary for last two months.
The employees told Greater Kashmir that they are doing their best to run the institute smoothly. “Due to non-availability of a new superintendent they have not got the salary for the months of August and September,”they said
The employees said that during these two months they not only conducted the class work smoothly but held admission process for the next session.
“We do not know why the higher authorities have not sent a new superintendent even as almost three months have passed since the death of the then superintendent. Usually authorities do not take much time to depute administrators,” an aggrieved employee told Greater Kashmir.
“My children have been asked by school authorities to clear the pending dues. They were told that otherwise they would not be allowed to appear in the examination. I am mentally perturbed that what could be done in the given situation,” he added.
Another employee said that he was unable to buy medicines for his bed ridden mother due to lack of money.
The parents of students studying in the ITI have also demanded that the vacant post of superintendent be filled at the earliest so that their wards do not feel any difficulty in absence of an administrator.
Meanwhile Ghulam Mohammad Bhat Joint Director Skill Development Kashmir Province acknowledged the hardships being faced by employees and said that the matter has already been taken up with the Director Skill Development.
He said that in absence of a permanent superintendent , the additional charge would be given for the time being to a superintendent of another institution, adjacent to ITI Kupwara, so that the employees can get their salary.
He said that in a week’s time the employees would get some respite.