After months of struggle and clashes between Delhi University teachers and the Delhi government, there is some good news for DU teachers and staff who have not received their salaries for the past six months. The Delhi government has sanctioned the funds for the 12 Delhi University colleges which are fully funded by the Delhi government. The order by the Delhi government states that over Rs. 82,79,79,507 has been sanctioned to reimburse the salaries and an amount of Rs. 9,50,90,500 under Grants-in-aid or general category other than salaries category.
Associating it as a win for the DU teachers, Dr. Rajib Ray, the president of Delhi University Teacher’s Association said that the association will soon call a meeting and decide what to do next. An emergency meeting of the DU Teachers’ Association executives will be held to decide on the action programme, said DUTA president. DUTA on Thursday called for a strike to protest against the lack of funds to pay off the salaries among other issues. This is the fourth and last installment of Grant-in-Aid released for the DU colleges for the academic year 2020-21.
The staff and teachers of these 12 DU colleges have not been paid their salaries and other dues for about last six months but the abnormalities have been on for over fourteen months. They along with DUTA have been staging protests about this matter and have also written to Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal.
The DUTA has been writing to the Delhi CM for more than a year communicating its dismay at how the Delhi government was regarding the employees by linking the release of funds and payment of pensions, salaries, medical bills, and other dues of DU employees with extraneous reasons that were not even in control of the employees. DUTA ins its last letter wrote that it is not acceptable that the Delhi government is expecting colleges to pay the salaries of teachers from other resources than the grant-in-aid that is the responsibility of the Delhi government. DUTA in its letter added that it is quite unfortunate to see that the Delhi government has hit at the basic right to livelihood of DU employees.