On Tuesday, 22nd September 2020, Delhi’s Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) government released grants to six Delhi University colleges to pay salaries to the staff and pensioners. But is this a long-awaited respite, or merely a divisive strategy?
The AAP government on Tuesday released grants of Rs 32.1 crore to six Delhi University colleges fully funded by it to pay salaries to staff and pensioners. Government officials have said that since the six colleges had cooperated on matters regarding the audit of the accounts, funds for the same were released.
The government has released Rs 4 crore to Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Sciences, Rs 6.80 crore to AcharyaNarendraDev College, Rs 4.65 crore to ShaheedRajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women, Rs 5.80 crore to Maharaja Agrasen College, Rs 6.35 crore to Bhim Rao Ambedkar College and Rs 4.50 crore to Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences. This release of funds comes as a partial win for the DUTA, who had called a three-day strike between September 16 and 18,2020 against non-payment of salaries of staffers and demanded the immediate release of grants.
However, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has called the grants inadequate. DU Teachers’ Association President Rajib Ray has stated-
The allocated amount does not cover all expenses of these colleges, yet we hope the Delhi government at least transfers these funds to the colleges immediately. Unfortunately, the other six colleges still await the sanction… We must remind the government that these divisive policies will not work with us.DUTA President Rajib Ray
The government is yet to release funds to 6 more colleges of Delhi University, namely-ShaheedSukhdev College of Business Studies, DeenDayalUpadhyaya College, BhaginiNivedita College, KeshavMahavidyalaya, Aditi Mahavidyalaya and Maharishi Valmiki College of Education.
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