Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) has started an online petition, seeking President Ram Nath Kovind’s intervention in resolving the issue of non-payment of salaries to employees of 12 DU colleges fully funded by the Delhi government.
“Several thousand employees of these colleges have gone without salaries from May onwards. Some colleges could only pay partial salaries for April. Colleges have not received any funding for infrastructure or teachers’ posts towards EWS expansion,” DUTA said.
The teachers’ body accused the Delhi government of using the tactic of withholding funds as a strategic weapon in its tussle with the university over nominating people to the college governing bodies.
DU and the Delhi government have been locked in a tussle over the formation of governing bodies in 28 colleges, partially or fully funded by the city government, with both accusing the other of delaying the process.
The Delhi government had released Rs 18.75 crore as grant-in-aid for payment of salaries to employees of 12 University of Delhi (DU) colleges funded by it in June, which the DUTA had called as ‘insufficient’. Prior to that, the government had also sanctioned grant-in-aid in May, which was also termed as ‘inadequate’ by the teachers’ body.