New Delhi, February 9: Unhappy with the government’s decision on hike in minimum pay under 7th Pay Commission, more than four thousand teachers and university employees marched from Feroz Shah Kotla to the University Grants Commission (UGC) on Friday morning while the meeting of the full Commission was taking place. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Tamil Nadu Freezes DA Till July 2021, Suspends Earned Leave Of Its Employees For One Year
Protesting against the recommendations of the 7th pay Commission, the programme under the banner of DUTA and DUCKU reflects the dismay and the anguish of the university community about the implications of governments funding formula by which the universities are forced to generate resources to the tune of at least 30 per cent. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: Maharashtra Govt to Put on Hold DA, LTC of 12 Lakh Employees For Two Years
“Teachers and other university employees are anguish about the delay in disbursement of the revised salaries as per the 7th Pay Commission. There is a growing fear that it may be further delayed because of the funding formulas of 30-70 per cent notified by the MHRD,” a press release issued by the Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) said. Also Read - 7th Pay Commission Latest News: SSB Announces Recruitment For Assistant Commandant Post, Get Paid Rs 1,77,500 Monthly
As per the MHRD Office Memorandum released on January 13, 2017, those universities run by the Centre are supposed to get only 70 per cent of the enhanced financial burden on account of the Pay Revision, the rest will be met by the Universities through self-generation of resources.
“This is an unprecedented attack on the character of the public-funded institutions as it threatens to reduce funds to institutions of higher learning. Also, State Universities have been allocated only 50 per cent of Central assistance and that too for a reduced period of 39 months, i.e. till 31.03.2019, as opposed to the Central assistance of 80% for 51 months in the last pay revision,” DUTA said in a press release.
The DUTA further said that the withdrawal of public funding will push the burden of maintaining Central and State Universities on students, it will increase the expenditure of parents and students towards education manifold.
According to a report, many students were also present to join the protest in solidarity with their teachers.