Private colleges have no cash to pay staff, 1 lakh affected

Punjab unaided colleges now say can’t pay for lockdown period too

Private colleges have no cash to pay staff, 1 lakh affected

Tribune News Service

Chandigarh, April 9

There is some more dismal news for over one lakh teaching and non-teaching staff of 1,600 unaided colleges who have not been paid salaries for the last 7 months. The managements of the colleges have now expressed their inability to pay the staff for the lockdown period as well.

Citing dire financial conditions due to nonreceipt of Rs 1,850 crore dues under the SC Post Matric Scholarship Scheme for the last four years from the Centre and the state government, the Punjab Unaided Technical Institutions Association (PUTIA) has stated that many of the colleges are already on the verge of closure due to poor fiscal health.

“It is a double whammy for us. Already hit by the nonreceipt of dues, the government’s orders that staff must be paid for the lockdown period has come as a further blow. We are in no position to pay,” said PUTIA president Gurmeet Dhaliwal.

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