MANGALORE : It has been complained that the Mangalore University management
has until now not responded in any manner to the dharna being staged by five women
sweepers in front of the university administrative block questioning the university action
of dismissing them from the service of the University.
Koshas Veigas (45), Prema (43), Dulshian Monteiro (48), Veronica D’Souza (45) and
Sharada (43) had been serving the different departments of the university as sweepers
since 1983. But of the 22 such sweepers these five were dismissed and only the services
of eight women were regularized since 2002. The five were dismissed on the grounds
that they did not have certificates to prove their minimum educational qualification.
Though there was a demand ten years ago itself, in 2000, to regularize the services of
workers working on a contract basis, the university had regularized the services of the
workers only on the basis of their educational qualification.
Veronica says they had later moved the High Court which in its ruling had directed the
university to regularize their services within three months. But the University challenged
this decision in the court, she adds.
Since December 13, 2009, these women have been on a dharna and say there is none to
hear their plea. They are determined to continue their agitation until their demands were
However, University Registrar Dr K Chinnappa Gowda said the University cannot give
any assurance to the women nor respond to their problem as the case was before the