Sources report that some teachers of Delhi University approached the Delhi High Court seeking direction to the colleges which are affiliated to the varsity and fully funded by the AAP government to release their salaries pending for the last four months on Tuesday. The petition said that apart from these teachers there are other employees, teaching and non-teaching staff, who have not received their salaries for the months of May, June, July and August. The issue is likely to come up for hearing on September 17.
The plea has been filed by eight teachers through advocates Ashok Agarwal and Kumar Utkarsh. They claim to be members of Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA), which on behalf of the aggrieved staff, has been writing to the Delhi government for the release of funds to enable the 12 DU colleges, funded by the AAP government, to pay due salaries to 1500 teachers and non-teaching staff working there.
The plea highlighted the mental agony and harassment that the teachers and all other employees working with the 12 colleges are undergoing due to non-payment of salaries. They also contended that there is no justification on the part of authorities to not pay them their dues on time.
“The impugned actions are unjust, unfair, arbitrary, discriminatory, unethical, unconstitutional, violative of Articles 14 and 21 of the Constitution of India read with the provisions of Delhi University Act, 1922”, the plea contended. It sought a direction to the authorities to pay salaries to the petitioners due from May this year till date and also ensure timely payment of salaries in future.
The plea further added that the 12 colleges which are affiliated with the Delhi University and are fully funded by the Delhi government are Acharya Narendra Dev College, Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Sciences, Bhagini Nivedita College, DeenDayal Upadhyaya College, Aditi Mahavidyalaya Women’s College, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education & Sports Sciences, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Maharaja Agrasen College (DU), Maharshi Valmiki College of Education, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Sciences for Women and Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies. The hearing is expected on 17 of this month.