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Frontlist | Teachers at 12 DU colleges threaten stir over wage dues

Frontlist | Teachers at 12 DU colleges threaten stir over wage dues
on Mar 08, 2021
Frontlist | Teachers at 12 DU colleges threaten stir over wage dues

Teachers at 12 Delhi University colleges that are funded by the Delhi government on Sunday threatened a “complete shutdown of the Delhi University” and hitting the streets in protest, alleging that they have not received salaries for the past three-four months.

Teachers at 12 Delhi University colleges that are funded by the Delhi government on Sunday threatened a “complete shutdown of the Delhi University” and hitting the streets in protest, alleging that they have not received salaries for the past three-four months. On Sunday, teachers from different colleges also alleged that they have not been paid regular salary since 2019 and said that nearly 1,200 teachers at these colleges were finding it difficult to make ends meet. Officials at the government-funded colleges alleged that they have not received grants for the fourth quarter that was supposed to be released in November last year, and due to which they were struggling to pay salaries to their staff. A Delhi government spokesperson said, “All funds have been released as per the rules.” The 12 fully state-funded colleges in DU have been at the loggerheads with the Delhi government since 2019 over the delay in the release of grants. The Delhi government had last year alleged that a special audit sanctioned by them revealed financial irregularities in these colleges indicating a “big fraud” and “ghost appointments”. Sujit Kumar, executive member of staff association at Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, said, “Our colleagues say they don’t even have the means to come to college or borrow money. Pension is also not being paid. We have no choice but to hit roads now [to protest] because it is about our survival.” Kumar added that they have written multiple letters to various bodies, including Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) to make efforts to resolve the matter. “We have requested them for a strong and decisive action programme including complete shutdown of Delhi University. Only then the authorities will take notice of our plight,” he said. DUTA president Rajib Ray said they have met staff association members from six of these colleges and will hold an emergency meeting on March 9. Subodh Kumar, president of the staff association at Maharaja Agrasen College, alleged, “Both the teaching and non-teaching staff have been struggling to make ends meet. We have to pay the school fees of our kids and instalments to banks… The college received the third quarter grants in December after which we were paid the pending salaries till November. No one has been paid in these colleges after that.” During the press conference on Sunday, the teachers also pointed out that not just the salaries but “medical bills, scholarships, telephone and electricity bills also remain unpaid. “Officials at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College (DDU) said they were served a notice last month after it failed to pay its pending property tax dues of 3 crores.” “The college was shifted to a new building in 2016. Following that, we had sent a proposal to south MCD asking it to assess our property tax. They responded in 2019 and asked us to pay Rs3 crore and also told us that it will be charged yearly. How do we pay this huge amount when we have not been able to pay salaries of our teaching and non-teaching staff,” said principal Hem Chand Jain. A official in South Delhi Municipal Corporation confirmed that a notice has been issued to DDU College. “The corporation has issued a bank attachment notice to the college since it has not paid its pending property tax,” he said. Officials also raised concerns over the possibility of an increased tax slab next year. Ravi Toteja, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev College, said “If we don’t pay the staff their salaries by the end of this financial year, it will be counted as income for the next financial year. Their tax slabs for the next financial year will increase.” Read More: CM Kejriwal Approves Delhi Board Of School Education; Says ‘will Soon Scrap CBSE Board’ Source: Hindustan Times

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