More than a thousand DU teachers may now have to bear the brunt of an administrative mistake. University administration says that the grade pay and increment that was given to DU teachers 25 years ago was mistakenly given. The administration says that DU teachers who were given increments can now be recovered.
The Delhi Teachers Association (DTA) said that if the teachers do not return the said amount right now, their salary or PF will be deducted at the time of retirement, only then their pension will be made. There is an atmosphere of tension and dissatisfaction among teachers to recover such a huge amount of money.
Professor Hansraj Suman, in charge of the DTA, has stated that the Union Ministry of Education had written a letter to the Secretary of the UGC on 24 March 1999 giving clarification on the scale of teachers of universities and colleges. The UGC had sent a letter to the University of Delhi. It was written that teachers who are in lecturer (selection grade) on 1 January 96 or in reader grade and after completion of 5 years were given grade pay of 14 thousand instead of grade pay of 12 thousand.
Professor Hansraj Suman has told that those teachers who were readers on January 1, 1996, and who have not completed 5 years, after the completion of 5 years, the fixation was to be done at 14,940 i.e. 12,000–18,300, an increment of 420 rupees was made, But some colleges did not follow this rule. He was given grade pay and increment.
He said that in colleges where teachers who are readers before January 1, 1996, or were employed in reader grades but have not completed their readership in 5 years, then fix them at 14,940 on completion of 5 years. Based on this, the colleges gave them arrears by giving them 14,940-grade pay. Teachers were happy with arrears, but now after 25 years, orders have been given to recover the teachers who were given grade 14,940.
He says that Rs.4.50 lakhs or more are being recovered from those teachers who are retiring now. Professor Suman was told by these teachers that their pay was fixed on the basis of the Sixth Pay Commission, on the basis that the salary was being paid every month, but it has been informed by the university administration that the teachers have been given an increment more, therefore, the additional amount given to them is now being returned to them.
He has told that the colleges from which the teachers are retiring say that your pension will be determined only when you refund the amount paid more. Professor Suman has informed that apart from Sri Aurobindo College, Aryabhatta College, Ramlal Anand College, teachers of many colleges are being paid pension on the return of Rs. 4.50 lakh or more from teachers.
Teachers who have returned the increased amount by the university are being given a pension and those who have not returned the said amount have not yet got their pension fixed. Those teachers are making rounds of Delhi University Administration and UGC that they do not have to return that amount, they should not recover.
DTH says that teachers’ dissatisfaction with university administration is increasing. Professor Suman said Delhi Teachers Association is going to meet Vice-Chancellor Professor PC Joshi, Acting Vice President of Delhi University soon. If there is no solution, the teachers will hit the streets.
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