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University staff unhappy over budget allocations

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Teaching and non-teaching staff from Telangana lambasted the government for allegedly providing inadequate grants to Osmania and Kakatiya universities in the budget.

Members of Telangana State Federation of University Teacher’s Associations (TSFUTA) and Telangana Universities Non-Teaching Employees Associations (TUNTEA) alleged that the block grant allocations made in the present budget were insufficient for payment of staff salaries and thus universities could not pay pensions and other dues to the staff.

Development of universities, Osmania University in particular, is a far cry as officials have transferred as much as Rs. 14 crore from other heads to pay salaries in the last two months, the members charged.

Funds diverted

“In the last two months, UGC funds to the tune of Rs. 12 crore and around Rs 1.5 crore meant for research and development purposes were diverted to pay staff salaries. Just to meet staff requirements, OU needs Rs. 331 crore every year. But the present budget allocated only Rs. 170 crore,” claimed Battu Satyanarayana, chairman TSFUTA.

Employees of six Telangana universities, who were present at a gathering organised on Saturday, decided to hold a ‘black badge’ protest on November 11, followed by a dharna on November 13 to voice their grouse. “Following the black badge protest, a ‘maha dharna’ will be organised where employees would sit outside administrative buildings and demand for increase in grants,” Mr. Satyanarayana said.

TSFUTA and TUNTEA also demanded payment of UGC and pension arrears, regularisation of time-scale employees, and appointment of Vice-Chancellors in universities where currently in-charges have been appointed.

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