LAHORE - Punjab Chief Minister Shahbaz Sharif has constituted a committee to resolve the longstanding regularisation issue of the contractual employees of University of Health Sciences (UHS) on Friday. The committee headed by Minister Food Ch Abdul Ghafoor has sought report from UHS Vice Chancellor Hussain Mubashir Malik over the issue to know the facts from both sides and will report to the CM within couple of days. It is pertinent to add the issue emerged on March 25, 2010, when 108 employees of UHS from grade 1-15 were sacked by the VC since they demanded to be regularised as per policy of the Punjab government. After the termination of their services the university management closed the main gate of the university to the said employees and banned their entry in the institution. These employees including naib qasid, lab assistant, data entry operator and assistants started protest in favour of their demands. The employees staged protest camps in front of the Punjab assembly on The Mall consecutively. During this the Punjab government remained unmoved and the effectees brought even their children on the roads to protest against the decision. A couple of weeks back the story of the UHS employees turned tragic when Punjab Labour Minister Ashraf Sohna could not control his feelings while talking about the misery of the employees and started weeping on the floor and requested the chief minister to solve their issue. This created some movement in the Chief Minister Secretariat but after passing some days the issue was hushed up once again. The employees again started their protest a week back and staged a protest camp at Chairing Cross. On Friday when Punjab Assembly was in session they accelerated their protest and chanted slogans against the university management. In the meanwhile the chief minister sent Ch Abdul Ghafoor and another MPA to listen to the aggrieved employees and report him. Ch Ghafoor while talking to The Nation said he had listened to the employees and also sought report from the VC over the issue which would be received by him this Monday and he would submit the report to the chief minister within couple of days. It is pertinent to mention that most of the employees had been serving in UHS from two to eight years since the formation of the varsity on contract basis and the only reason behind their termination was their demand that they asked the university management to regularise them as the Punjab government was doing in other institutions of the province, said an employee seeking anonymity.