Salary delay in DU's Deen Dayal Upadhyay, faculty and staff protest outside college 

One of the teachers asserted that in addition to the financial crisis, the teachers are also going through a moral crisis as a result of the salary delay
Representative image | Pic: Express
Representative image | Pic: Express

In protest of long pending salary payments, hundreds of teaching and non-teaching staff of Deen Dayal Upadhyay College, Delhi University on Thursday, February 2, protested outside the college gate. The college is one of the 12 colleges of the varsity that the Delhi government funds. The delay of salary has always been a burning issue among the Delhi-government-funded colleges. "It's been more than four weeks since they received their wages. In addition to this medical expenses, arrears and childcare expenses, pensions are also pending for months," said one of the protesting teachers. 

One of the hundreds of teachers who attended the protest outside the college was retired associate professor Pramesh Ratnekar, who is also suffering from Parkinson's disease. Highlighting his medical condition, Ratnekar recently wrote an urgent plea to Deputy CM Manish Sisodia for releasing his full retirement benefits. "I suffer from the dreaded Parkinson's Disease - a progressive degenerative, neurological disorder that severely restricts the body's capacity to move, not just the patient, but also friends, family and caregivers to confront the reality of what can best be described as a -"living hell," wrote Ratnekar in his plea, stated a report by The New Indian Express.

Apart from the financial crisis, the teachers are also suffering from a moral crisis because of the salary delay, asserted one of the teachers. The staff association claimed that the release of funds had been irregularly released for the past three years in the third tenure of the Kejriwal government, which resulted in non-payment of dues to the retired staff. Recently, in a symbolic protest, the teachers of Maharaja Agrasen College polished shoes outside the college for highlighting the salary delay issue.

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