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DUTA Writes to Delhi CM, Seeks the Release of Appropriate Funds

Numerous teachers are facing financial problems due to the inadequate nature of the corresponding funds; DUTA demands disbursement relating to the respective 4th instalment of funds.

On, Monday, February 22nd, the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) wrote to the Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Arvind Kejriwal seeking disbursement relating to the fourth instalment of the respective funds to the 12 colleges of DU, which are fully funded by the Government. 

The teachers claim that the grants sanctioned hitherto are very inadequate to meet the basic requirements. DUTA also added that some teachers are under a state of mental strain due to their non-payment of their salaries. Numerous teachers are fronting snags in the payment of EMIs, meeting the family requirements and running a family.

Inordinate and unreasoned delays repeatedly in the release of the grant has a crippling effect on institutions and is totally unacceptable, more so in the current context, when employees are also battling health issues. It is extremely unfortunate that employees have had to take recourse to the courts to get their salaries released.

The President of DUTA, Mr. Rajib Ray in the letter to the CM stated,

It is to be noted that since the last year, DUTA has been emphasising on its corresponding demands regarding the release of proportionate funds. Previously Ray also said via his tweet that the student Fees cannot be used for the salaries of the teachers and any attempt to put burden of salaries on students will be disastrous. Therefore, it is adequate for the Delhi Government to release the grants.

Previously DUTA also met Balaram Pani, Dean of Colleges of DU and Vikas Gupta, the DU registrar. The secretary Manoj Kumar Singh was also present during this discourse.

The DUTA asked the Dean of Colleges for extension of the governing bodies of 28 colleges funded under Delhi government non-recovery of Transport Allowance (TA) from teachers and adhoc teachers for not keeping attendance registers in colleges. Mr. Pani expressed to the DUTA that the university administration would take a decision in accordance with the provisions of the ordinance to give extension to the governing bodies of these 28 colleges. Such provisions would be made so that better communication between the Delhi government and university administration could be established.

Balaram Pani said the DU would soon be giving extension to these governing bodies. A notification would be issued soon in this regard. But the government should also establish better dialogue with the university administration.

The grants sanctioned to date are not adequate to even meet the basic requirements of payment of salaries and pension. We demand an immediate end to the crisis in these colleges which has persisted for over a year.

DUTA Letter demanding the release of adequate grants.

Mr Ray averring that new courses were sanctioned but the corresponding teachings posts, on the other hand, were not. He added, “This has forced colleges to hire faculty on ad hoc or guest basis in order to cater to the needs of the new courses. We appeal to the Delhi government to release commensurate posts immediately.”

With the letter to the Chief Minister, DUTA soon expects a better form of dialogue facilitated between the respective ministry regarding the allocation of appropriate funds for the betterment of the teaching community.

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Nirmanyu Chouhan