Twelve Delhi College (DU) faculties absolutely funded by the Delhi authorities are struggling to pay salaries to instructing and non-teaching employees, and electrical energy and different payments, for the final three months because of the scarcity of funds.
Officers at Deen Dayal Upadhyaya Faculty (DDU) stated their cellphone and web connections have been disconnected as they might not pay the dues for 4 months.
Whereas a few of these faculties have paid salaries to their instructing employees for the month of Could by diverting funds from different accounts, majority of them are but to pay salaries for the final three months.
Though the Delhi authorities stated it has launched funds for salaries, officers at these faculties stated the cash is “inadequate”.
A senior official within the authorities’s finance division stated there’s a main scarcity of funds due to the pandemic.
“Revenues have dropped. The Capital recorded income collections of lower than 40% for the primary 4 months of the monetary yr 2020-21 in comparison with the corresponding interval within the earlier yr. Until June, the federal government was going through difficulties even in paying salaries of staff. Giant parts of funds have been utilised in Covid administration. The federal government has sought monetary help of Rs 5,000 crore from the Centre however it’s but to obtain any quantity,” the official quoted above stated.
Hem Chand Jain, principal of DDU, stated their cellphone and web connections have been disconnected and electrical energy connection shall be snapped quickly.
“The faculty has Rs 17.6 crore deficit of which Rs eight crore is required for the fee of salaries. The Delhi authorities has already paid Rs 2.three crore twice in March and April however it was not adequate. Our month-to-month expenditure on wage fee is Rs 2.7 crore. We couldn’t pay salaries to our instructing and non-teaching employees since Could. How can the federal government suppose we’d have the ability to meet all expenditures with such an inadequate fund?” he stated.
Jain stated the school couldn’t pay electrical energy payments, property tax and different pending expenditures since April. “We’re getting repeated calls from the electrical energy board. We couldn’t pay the electrical energy invoice for the final 4 months and now we’ve got to pay Rs 40 lakh collectively. We’re quickly going to lose the connection if the quantity isn’t paid on the earliest. It will likely be a giant difficulty since we’ve got employees and a few worldwide college students dwelling on the campus,” he stated.
Delhi schooling minister Manish Sisodia stated, “Now we have already launched the wage funds however the authorities can also be in need of funds.”
The same scenario prevails in different 11 faculties, together with Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Rajguru Faculty for Utilized Sciences for Girls, Maharaja Agrasen Faculty and Acharya Narendra Dev Faculty. There are round 1,200 instructing and 900 non-teaching employees members employed on a everlasting foundation in these faculties, apart from the contractual employees.
DU’s Dean of Faculties Balaram Pani stated the college had written to the Delhi authorities a number of instances within the final three months over the problem. “In April, the universities had a backlog of earlier months. The funds obtained have been additionally inadequate. If the school required Rs 7 crore, solely Rs 2 crore was transferred to them. How is it even attainable for the universities to perform in such circumstances,” he stated.
Ravi Toteja, principal of Acharya Narendra Dev Faculty, stated, “We couldn’t pay salaries to our instructing and non-teaching employees members since April. We’re but to pay our electrical energy and different payments. Our connection could be disconnected anytime quickly.”
Beside salaries and payments, these faculties are struggling to keep up infrastructure and different amenities. Payal Mago, principal of Shaheed Rajguru Faculty for Utilized Sciences for Girls, stated, “The faculty has a sewage therapy plant at its campus. Because of the non-payment of salaries, the PWD eliminated the technician taking care of the plant and now sewer water is flowing everywhere in the campus. However we do not need funds to repair it.” The faculty paid electrical energy payments until final month, diverting funds from college students’ funds.
DU Lecturers’ Affiliation president Rajib Ray stated, “It’s completely inhuman that our colleagues working in these faculties are unpaid for the final three months. The federal government ought to instantly launch all pending funds.”