On Thursday, Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said that the inability of DU, which is government-funded, to pay staff-salaries despite a 70% increase in budget allocation for the past 5 years, shows corruption.
The Office of Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi said in a statement that Sisodia came down heavily against the Delhi-government funded DU colleges for expressing their inability to pay the salaries of their staff. This inability to pay salaries to the teachers despite a 70% increase in the budget is suggestive of corruption.
He has received multiple complaints of corruption in the administration of the colleges of DU. the formation of governing bodies is being resisted or rejected by them. The colleges have also rejected nominees appointed by the Delhi government to hide this corruption.
The budget of DU colleges was increased by the Delhi government was increased from Rs 144.39 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 242.64crore in 2019-20 and Rs 243 crore in 220-21. The release said that despite nearly a 70% rise in budget allocation in five years, budget problems are there in DU.
The Deputy CM said that the last year’s budget of DU was Rs 242.64 crore, which was adequate to meet all their expenses. The previous year’s budget of Rs 216.13 crore was also adequate for meeting the expenses. Why is DU complaining of inadequate funds now despite an extra Rs 27 crore allocation in the last two years?
He said that Rs 56.25 crore has already been released by the end of July out of Rs 243 crore budget. So why are DU colleges unable to pay the salaries for April, May, and June? Delhi government also funds many Universities that come directly under the administration of the Education Department, apart from some DU colleges. Instances of them running out of funds or inability to pay salaries of teachers are never heard by us.
Sisodia also said that the inability of University to pay its teachers indicates corruption. The reason is very apparent. Because of many complaints of corruption in the DU colleges, that is why they are resisting or delaying or rejecting the formation of Government bodies.
Sisodia also said that he had written to the Vice-Chancellor of the University regarding this, but he is yet to receive a response from him.