The Delhi government directed 12 Delhi University colleges fully funded by it to pay outstanding salaries to staffers from the Students Society Fund, a move criticised by DU’s teachers’ body and officials of the university.
The government has ordered a special audit of six colleges — Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, Maharishi Valmiki BEd College, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Bhagini Nivedita College and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies.
The AAP government and 12 colleges fully funded by it have been locked in a tussle over the release of grants, with the latter saying that they have been unable to pay salaries to staffers for nearly three months owing to the non-release of funds.
“Having taken notice that salaries of Teaching & Non-Teaching staff of colleges, affiliated to Delhi University and fully funded by the GNCT of Delhi, are outstanding/not being paid due to ongoing Special Audit/non-release of Grant-in-Aid, the Hon”ble Dy CM has ordered/permitted : Outstanding salaries to the Teaching & Non-Teaching staff be released immediately from the Students Society Fund(SSF) as has been done in the past, till the process of Special Audit is completed/further installments of GIA (under the Salary Head) are released,” the order said.
For the purpose, requisite permission for utilising the Students Society Fund (SSF) for payment of salaries to the teaching and non-teaching staff is hereby accorded, the order said.
“If any salaries remain unpaid after the Student Society Fund has been exhausted, the remaining amount will be paid by the Directorate of Higher Education after receipt of formal request from the concerned college(s),” it added.