In a letter to Vice-Chancellor of the University of Delhi Professor Yogesh Tyagi, Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) solicited for monetary assistance for its permanent employees, guest teachers, ad hoc teachers, and the contractual staffers. The monetary assistance has been demanded to get medical support and aid to manage and recover from the coronavirus pandemic.
The letter states that the death of Delhi university professor Dr. Wali Akhtar who perished due to lack of medical facilities. The Delhi University professor did not get the timely treatment due to which he lost his life. The letter indicated the unpreparedness of the state for COVID-19 or with emergencies emerging as an illness. The letter further asked the VC of Delhi University to make sure that the hospitals which fall under DU panel are duty-bound and do not deny to admit or treat any patient further.
COVID-19 Treatment and Expenses
The DUTA statement further added that to curtail the excessive chaos in the sanitarium, patients can be transferred to the government hospitals. Delhi University must take some proactive and necessary steps to enable the disruption-free treatment for all the University employees and their families. The Delhi University employees, as well as their families suffering from coronavirus, must be treated in the hospitals.
The letter further asserted that doctors of affiliated medical colleges and their minors and medical institutions to Delhi University must be reimbursed for their services. The University-affiliated college such as the Vallabhbhai Patel Chest Institute (VCIP) and College of Medical Sciences and their doctors should be paid back.
The Delhi University Teachers Association stands in support of the DU teachers. DUSU has proposed the University to utilize the unused fund lying in the DUTA reserve for the University of Delhi employee’s welfare and treatment of COVID-19.
As per the statement, DUTA Fund has around Rs 1 Lakh for the medical aid and up to Rs 3 Lakh as medical sufferings. The letter further requested the University to contemplate granting monetary assistance more than the stipulated sum while noting the high cost involved in the treatment of Coronavirus.
According to the letter of DUTA, the University of Delhi should deem sanitation of teachers quarters, residential colonies, student hostels, and the reworking on the University of Delhi’s services. Also, make arrangements for the checkups of employees and arrange COVID-19 testing facilities for the employees as well as for their families.