Manish Sisodia questions DU on corruption: Why unable to pay salaries when Rs 56 crores released already?

  • | Saturday | 8th August, 2020

Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said that the inability of the Delhi University colleges to pay staff salaries despite a 70% increase in budget allocation in the last five years indicates corruption. The Delhi education minister came down hard on the government-funded Delhi University colleges after DU claimed lack of funds as the reason behind delayed salaries of college teachers.

New Delhi: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia said that the inability of the Delhi University colleges to pay staff salaries despite a 70% increase in budget allocation in the last five years indicates corruption. The Delhi education minister came down hard on the government-funded Delhi University colleges after DU claimed lack of funds as the reason behind delayed salaries of college teachers.

“Sisodia said that the inability of Delhi govt-funded DU colleges to pay staff salaries despite a 70 percent increase in budget allocation in the last 5 years indicates corruption," the Office of Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi said in a statement, as per ANI. He said that of the Rs 243 crore allocated for Du colleges for 2020-21, Rs 56.25 crore or around 23% of the budget had already been released by July-end.

“So why are DU colleges not able to pay salaries for April, May and June?” asked Manish Sisodia.

Increase of budget allocation to DU colleges

The Delhi government has increased the budget of DU colleges from Rs 144.39 crore in 2014-15 to Rs 242.64 Cr in 2019-20 and Rs 243 Cr in 2020-21. The release said that despite this 70% increase in budget allocation, DU was complaining about lack of funds. "DU last year`s budget (2019-20) of Rs 242.64 crore was adequate to meet all their expenses, the previous year`s budget (2018-19) of Rs 216.13 crore was adequate to meet their expenses, why is DU now complaining of inadequate funds despite Rs 27 crore increased allocation in last two years alone?" said the deputy CM.

"Of the Rs 243 core budgeted for 2020-21, Rs 56.25 crore has already been released by end of July 2020 i.e. approx. 23 percent budget. So why are DU colleges not able to pay salaries for April, May and June?” said Sisodia.

He added that even though there are other universities that come under the administration of the Delhi education department, the government had never heard of them running out of funds and being unable to pay staff salaries. "The inability of Delhi govt-funded DU colleges to pay staff salaries despite a 70 per cent increase in budget allocation in the last 5 years indicates corruption. The reason is clear,” Manish Sisodia said.

Complaints of corruption

The Delhi education minister also said that he had received complaints of corruption in the DU college administration. They have been allegedly rejecting the formation of governing bodies and rejecting Delhi government-appointed nominees to hide this. “I had written to DU Vice-Chancellor last month about these corruption allegations and am yet to receive a response,” Sisodia said.

Budget allocations to Delhi govt-funded DU colleges

As per the press release, here are the details of the budget allocated by GNCTD to DU colleges funded by the Delhi government over the past few years:

 

2012-13 - Rs 121.82 Cr

2013-14 - Rs 140.65 Cr

2014-15 - Rs 144.39 Cr

2015-16 - Rs 181.94 Cr

2016-17-- Rs 197 Cr

2017-18 - Rs 214.78 Cr

2018-19 - Rs 216.13 Cr

2019-20 - Rs 242.64 Cr

2020-21 (BE) - Rs 243 Cr (Rs 56.25 released)



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