New Delhi August 6, 2020: Deputy Chief Minister and Education Minister of Delhi Manish Sisodia on Thursday came down heavily against the Delhi government-funded Delhi University colleges for expressing their inability to pay the salaries of their staff despite 70% budget increase by the government in the last 5 years. Shri Sisodia said that the inability of Delhi govt-funded DU colleges to pay staff salaries despite a 70% increase in budget allocation in the last 5 years indicates corruption. He also said that he has received multiple complaints of corruption in the administration of DU colleges. They are resisting or delaying the formation of governing bodies and rejecting nominees appointed by Delhi government to hide this corruption.
Delhi government has increased budget allocation for these colleges by 70%: Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
Delhi Government has increased the budget of DU colleges from Rs 144.39 Cr in 2014-15 to Rs 242.64 Cr in 2019-20 and Rs 243 Cr in 2020-21. Despite nearly 70% rise in budget allocation in five years, DU is complaining of budget problems. “DU last year’s budget (2019-20) of Rs 242.64 Cr was adequate to meet all their expenses, the previous year’s budget (2018-19) of Rs 216.13 Cr was adequate to meet their expenses, why is DU now complaining of inadequate funds despite Rs 27 Cr increased allocation in last two years alone?” said Deputy CM.
Of the Rs 243 Cr budgeted for 2020-21, Rs 56.25 Cr has already been released by end of July 2020: Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
He said, “Of the Rs 243 Cr budgeted for 2020-21, Rs 56.25 Cr has already been released by end of July 2020 i.e. approx. 23% budget. So why are DU colleges not able to pay salaries for April, May and June? Apart from DU colleges, Delhi govt also funds many of the Universities that come directly under the administration of its Education Department. We never hear instances of them running out of funds or unable to pay the salaries of their staff.”
There have been multiple complaints of corruption against the administration of DU colleges: Dy CM Manish Sisodia.
Sisodia said, “The inability of Delhi govt-funded DU colleges to pay staff salaries despite a 70% increase in budget allocation in the last 5 years indicates corruption. The reason is clear. There have been multiple complaints of corruption in the administration of DU colleges. That’s why they are resisting or delaying the formation of Governing bodies and rejecting nominees appointed by the Delhi government. I had written to DU Vice-Chancellor last month about these corruption allegations and am yet to receive a response.”
Details of Budget allocation by GNCTD to Delhi govt-funded DU colleges.
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)
By Lipakshi Seedhar: