The AAP administrators on Tuesday demanded a CAG inquiry for Delhi University upon non-payment of salaries to DU professors. In response to the statement put up by AAP administrators and Manish Sisodia, Delhi University issued a notice on 14th August on its official website illustrating the scenario of its budget and working. Delhi University further claimed that the allegations that are being put up by the administrators and media are bogus.
The University illustrated the stats and stated how the increase in the budget has had almost doubled its expenses. Previously, the staffers from fully funded twelve DU colleges claimed that the AAP government has released insufficient funds due to which the release of their salaries is kept on hold. The AAP administrators in response to the statement explained that the funds have almost been doubled in the last few years by the AAP government and therefore demanded a CGA inquiry upon the functioning of Delhi University.
The University of Delhi called the allegations as graft charges and wrote “The University of Delhi takes strong exception to the sweeping statement alleging graft charges in the 12 fully funded colleges by GNCTD.” The Delhi University in the notice further furnished the brief facts compiled by the principals of 12 fully funded colleges.
Delhi University’s Audit Reports
The Delhi University has 3 types of Audit which are conducted on an Annual basis namely,
a) Internal Audit (conducted by Auditors from the approved panel of D.U.)
b) ELFA Audit (conducted by GNCTD)
c) AGCR (conducted by CAG)
In the notification, the University of Delhi stated that these audit reports of all these fully funded 12 colleges to date reflect that the financial affairs are managed as per norms of the University of Delhi and GFR (General Financial Rules).
Increase in Delhi University Expenditure and Salaries
The University in its notification stated that the reason due to which the expenditure on salary and other expenses have increased.
The notice reads that the increase in expenditure on account of salary from 2014 to date is due to various reasons. It stated that the implementation of the 7th Central Pay Commission (CPC) which increased the salary per person by approximately 25 percent. Also, an increase in wages paid to contractual staff is increasing by 83%. This increment is made by the Government of National Capital Territory of Delhi (GNCTD). Furthermore, the salaries of Adhoc teachers have been increased by 69%. It further claimed that the addition of new courses in the Colleges has resulted in increased expenses towards teaching and Non-teaching Salary bill. The introduction of EWS has further increased the seats and the number of students in the colleges.
Inflation Remains the Core Reason
The statement by DU further stated that Governing Bodies of all the 12 colleges have been formed as per DU rules and regulations. As per DU rules, there is no linkage between the formation of the Governing body and the release of grant in aid. Withholding of funds required for the salary of staff and their medical bills and other committed expenses like electricity and water supply charges etc. has caused extreme hardship to staff and students of these colleges.
As per the statement, PWD which falls under the Government of Delhi only undertakes maintenance of colleges. Water and electricity bills are further provided by the respective boards also fall under the Delhi government.
DU’s Response on Alleging Graft Charges
DU while expressing its grief wrote: “it is an obvious conclusion that the colleges cannot be involved in graft cases at all and it is unfortunate that the statement in the media by Deputy CM has offended the sentiments of staff members and students who have worked hard to build the academic standards of their institutions.”
The University of Delhi has further appealed to Sh. Manish Sisodia (Deputy Chief Minister and education minister of Delhi) to release the grant in aid (funds) to all the 12 fully funded colleges at the earliest to end the sufferings of the staff of these colleges and fulfill its statutory obligations and responsibilities.