The DU Staffs of 12 colleges get directly paid by the Delhi Government. However, they are barely able to manage their daily expenses due to not receiving their salary since November 2020. Hence, they have been waiting patiently for five months in a row now. Hence, it is a do-or-die situation for them now.
Therefore, DU staffs have launched a full-fledged protest. The Delhi University Teacher’s Association (DUTA) also called for the university-wide shutdown starting from today, i.e. 11th March 2021.
Problems faced by the DU Staffs :
The teaching and non-teaching staff of 12 DU-affiliated colleges are fully funded by the Delhi Government. However, the government is unable to disburse grants to these colleges for months. Therefore, the DUTA protests are valid.
The college administration has also been directed to use student’s security deposits as a medium for payments. However, the teachers consider it an illegal mode. The college administrations have often taken loans from those funds but always returned in time. However, their major concern is how would they return the money to students if they pay salaries from that fund.
Young teachers or ad-hoc teachers often live in rental accommodations or have loaned homes. Hence, they are in a problematic situation as they have to pay rents or give EMIs on monthly basis. One assistant professor shares that a colleague helped them with the expenses and loans. However, nobody can help them for such a long period. Also, senior teachers often have earning children but young teachers have just started their families. Hence, they are having a tough time meeting their expenses.
DU Staffs highlights the problem of the government and their agenda of protests:
70 percent of the DU staff are either females or from reserved communities. Hence, a professor says that the Delhi Government talking about Women empowerment and being disabled-friendly is a hoax. Another teacher from Acharya Narendra Dev College says that the Delhi government promised funds and salaries ever since November. However, no progress has been made.
One-fourth of the budget is dedicated to education but the DU staff are left unpaid. Hence, the DDUC teachers have been sitting on a protest dharna from 8th March 2021. The DUTA also plans to organize two teacher rallies. Hence, they will march from the university to the CM House on 15th March and to LG’s house on 18th March.