Delhi University Teachers Association Strike: Delhi University Teachers Association (DUTA) has called for a 2-day strike on 17 and 18 August against the continuing crisis in 12 DU colleges funded 100% by the Delhi government. In fact, despite the announcements made by Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal about the release of an amount of Rs 28 crore as grant-in-aid for these colleges, the grant is insufficient for the teachers, due to which the salary and the rest of the arrears will also be disbursed. It’s getting delayed.
The news of grants-in-aid had arrived early last day, after which it was expected that DUTA could stop the strike but DUTA decided to continue with the action program and the teachers gathered all in solidarity with the employees of 12 DU colleges. Boycotted classes in colleges.
Related 12 colleges
Dr. Bhim Rao Ambedkar College, Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied Science for Women, Aditi Mahavidyalaya, Keshav Mahavidyalaya, Shaheed Sukhdev College of Business Studies, Sister Nivedita College, Acharya Narendra Dev College, Maharishi Valmiki College of Education, Bhaskaracharya College of Applied Science, Indira Gandhi Institute of Physical Education and Sports Science, Maharaja Agrasen College and Deen Dayal Upadhyay College. Even today the second installment of grant-in-aid has been released which according to DUTA is insufficient. DUTA says, ‘It is very unfortunate that protests have to be held to get salary. Medical bills still not paid. The grants released are also insufficient for the implementation of salary promotions.
Significantly, due to these delays, the teacher employees are constantly forced to take loans and are living under constant stress. To end this recurring crisis, the teachers also appeal to the UGC to take over these 12 colleges. DUTA says that it condemns as criminal negligence the attitude of the Delhi government towards timely release of grants as it has adversely affected the academic functioning of the institutions and the employees in this difficult time of the pandemic. A lot of difficulties are being faced. DUTA has categorically demanded that the government release adequate grants unconditionally as the employees should not be penalized.