Teachers at 12 University Colleges in Delhi Organize ‘Jan Sunwai’ to Demand Grants and Full Salaries – The New Indian Express
NEW DELHI: Controversy surrounding government-backed colleges has erupted again as teachers criticized the city government for failing to release all grants and salaries. Members of the Delhi University Teachers’ Association (DUTA) held a “jan sunwai” and protest on Friday in which teachers from 12 fully government-funded colleges shared their woes.
AAP MP Atishi previously said in a statement that the government released funds well in advance, but alleged financial mismanagement at colleges.
Hem Chand Jain, principal of Deen Dayal Upadhyaya College, said: “The college charged Rs 37 crore to pay for salaries and work. But, we received a grant of only Rs 22 crore. We were also supposed to pay arrears under the Seventh Wage Commission, but the government refused money. He countered Atishi saying, “These are false allegations. Rajya Sabha MP Manoj Jha said he had been hearing about the issue for two years, ”the director said.
He said he raised the issue in the House and even spoke personally with Deputy Chief Minister Manish Sisodia, who also holds the education portfolio. “This has been going on for quite some time. I will guarantee that I will always be there with you and raise the issue on any platform I have to, ”he assured the forum.
Faculty member Nisha Rana said teachers are committed to working and going to college whenever the need arises, even during the pandemic. “We worked without receiving a salary. The Delhi government wants to control university colleges like they control their schools and universities, ”she said.
DUTA chairman AK Bhagi said the issue had been in the limelight for almost four years, but teachers remained patient. “It’s only been two years since they started raising the issue,” he said.