NEW DELHI: A fund of Rs 18.75 crore was released as the grant-in-aid by the Arvind Kejriwal led government for the payment of salary of employees of 12 Delhi University colleges. However, DUTA or the Delhi University Teacher's Association has said that the released grant is not 'sufficient'.
The government has released the grant-in-aid on Thursday to which the teachers'' body reacted on Friday.
While the DUTA has been demanding funds for its salaries and medical bills, retirement benefits and other development expenses; the Delhi government released the budget just for the payment of salaries.
In a statement, the DUTA on Friday said it'll still pursue the matter.
"Meanwhile, grants should be put to use as quickly because the colleges receive them and salaries should be disbursed," it said.
Members of the academic Council and also the DUTA wrote to Chief Minister Kejriwal earlier this month over the non-issuance of funds to 12 Delhi government-funded colleges since March.
"Thousands of teaching and non-teaching employees and also their families of 12 Delhi government-funded colleges are hit with the double whammy - COVID-19 pandemic and the non-payment of salary from March. Despite our repeated requests and a day-long hunger strike over the problem of non-release of required funds by Delhi government, there's no positive development regarding this," said the letter.
It said that this delay has not only affected the salary payments, but medical bills, retirement benefits and other development expenses also are pending.