College staff irked over salary delay

Pay panel scales not implemented

Teaching and non-teaching staff of 19 government-run society colleges in the Union Territory have not received their salaries for April.

A spokesperson of Forum of Pondicherry Society for Higher Education Staff Welfare Association said that in spite of several reminders, the government had not addressed the grievances of the teaching and non-teaching staff.

The delay in disbursal of salaries to the staff started in April 2016. While the salary was normally paid one or two weeks beyond the pay day, this is the first time that the staff had not been paid salaries till the 15th of this month. He said that top-level officers in the administration were not bothered to fulfil the basic requirements of teachers. Whenever the teachers approached the department head for a remedy, the officials took the stand that salary had been delayed for only two months and the employees should wait for sometime. “It is unethical for the authorities to delay payment. We want to know whether the officers would bear any such delay in case the salaries due to them were not disbursed on time,” he asked?

Bureaucratic hurdle

A professor on condition of anonymity pointed out that the government had announced that “block sanction” had to be obtained for every three or six months and the file had to be vetted to ensure that salaries were disbursed on time. However, knowing well the rules, the departments had slowed down the process.

The government had announced implementation of the seventh pay commission recommendations for employees of society-run colleges from April 1, 2019.

The employees are yet to receive the revised pay while new scales had been provided to staff belonging to directly administered colleges. The government’s move was “disappointing” and had caused agony to the teaching and non-teaching staff, the Forum said.

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