More than a thousand teachers in various colleges and departments of the University of Delhi will have to suffer the loss of an administrative mistake.
According to the Delhi University teachers, the DU administration is now alleging that the increment and grade pay that was given to them over 25 years back, was given by mistake. The administration is now seeking recovery from the teachers who were given increment 25 years back.
Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) said that if the teachers will not return the amount right away, their PF or salaries will be deducted at the time of retirement, and only after the deduction their pension will be released. The notice has set back an atmosphere of dissatisfaction and tension among the DU teachers to make the recovery of such a huge loss.
In-charge of Delhi University Teachers Association, Professor Hansraj Suman has said that the Union Ministry Education had written a letter to the University Grants Commission Secretary on 24th March 1999, stating clarification on the scale of teachers of colleges and universities. The UGC then sent a letter to the University of Delhi which said that teachers who joined from 1st January 1996 or are in reader grade, after completion of their 5 years were to be given grade pay of 14,940 instead of 12 thousand.
He added that the University is now seeking the recovery of over Rs. 4.50 lakhs or more from those teachers who are retiring now.
Professor Suman at DU was told by the DU teachers that their pay was fixed based on the sixth pay commission, and the salary was being paid every month. However, now the teachers have been informed by the University administration that they have given an increment of an increased amount. Therefore, they are being asked to return the additional amount being paid to them since years ago.
He added that the teachers who are retiring have been told that they will be paid pension only when they return the additional amount.