No salary for a month, frustrated Ramjas teachers plan protest

No salary for a month, frustrated Ramjas teachers plan protest

Ramjas College staff association has decided to go on a one-day-long protest on Monday as the staff has not got its salary for the last one month.

“There is a delay in the disbursal of the salary and retirement benefits to the teachers. Almost 20 days are up in this month, but still we haven’t got our salaries. A letter was sent to the University Grants Commission (UGC) office 10 days ago regarding the matter but there is no response,” said S K Jha, president, staff association.

The faculty members will decide the next plan of action on Monday.

No choice

“Since the exams are going on, we won’t disturb the students. But we don’t have a choice but to resort to such measures. We have families to look after, our monthly salaries are important for us,” said another member.

According to teachers, the college is yet to submit its audit report for the financial year to UGC which ensures timely disbursement of funds. This has led to the delay in payment of salaries.

Rajendra Prasad, college principal, said that accounts department official who is responsible for submitting the audit report was on leave for the past four months.

“We have not received any funds from the UGC yet. At times, similar situation arises in other colleges also, but the college administration gives salaries from their personal funds. We don’t have much personal funds to clear the salaries of teachers,” he said.

The teachers also said that for past few months teachers are not getting their salaries on time.

“The UGC gives funds quarterly. If funds from the UGC were a problem, then salaries of February and March should also have been affected. Besides, if the UGC had to stop grants to the college, only the maintenance grant would have been stopped and not the establishment grant,” said Vikas Verma, staff association secretary.

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