Delhi University lecturers staged a protest outside the Vidhan Sabha on Monday against the “continuous inordinate delays” in the release of ample grants to 12 colleges that are fully financed by the city government.
Despite the refusal of the mandatory police permission for today’s protest, the DUTA went ahead as the employees did not have any other choice but to take this drastic, medically unstable step to come out and physically protest, the Delhi University Teachers” Association (DUTA) explained.
Employees of some of these colleges have not been paid salaries since the month of May, it said.
It is ironic that on the day the Delhi government declared the launching of ”Rozgaar Bazaar” for job seekers, workers of Delhi University were boycotting against the non-disbursal of grant-in-aid, the DUTA told.
For more than a year presently, the Delhi government has been very unstable with the furlough of grants to these 12 colleges, it said, adding since these colleges are fully funded by the government, employees can be paid salaries only if grants-in-aid are released timely.
However, not only has the Delhi government been erratic with the discharge of grants, but the intermittent grants disclosed have been found to be utterly insufficient. So much so that in some colleges, workers have been paid only part-salaries since April.
These grants are the only source of allocation for these 12 colleges. Thus, not only salaries but even significant bills like medical bills are not reimbursed till adequate funding arrives, the body said.
The DUTA had written to Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal on July 21 informing him about the commotion.
The Delhi University and the city government have been locked in a tussle over the formation of governing bodies in the colleges with both accusing the other of delaying the process.