Delhi High Court has directed the Education Department and Urban Development Department of the Delhi Government to submit a status report indicating the amounts that are due and payable for the financial year 2020-2021 towards the salary component of teachers engaged by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation, the amounts that have been released under this head in the quarter ending June, 2020 and the amounts that are due and payable.
The Division Bench of Justice Hima Kohli and Justice Subramonium Prasad has also directed the NrDMC to file a status report indicating the amounts that it is required to disburse in the year 2021 towards its share of the salaries payable to teachers engaged by it, the amounts that have been released till the quarter ending June, 2020 and the extent of the unpaid amounts.
The order has come in a suo moto matter concerning the non payment of salaries of teachers engaged in schools run by the North Delhi Municipal Corporation (NrDMC).
In the last hearing, the court had taken a suo moto cognizance of the grievance raised by the government teachers wherein they had submitted that their salaries have not been paid since the month of March.
While taking the suo moto cognizance, the court had observed that as teachers are being made to discharge COVID-19 duties at the instance of the Delhi Government, they can be well equated with COVID-19 warriors.
In today's hearing, the Delhi Government submitted that by an order dated April 27, a sum of Rs.49.17 crores was disbursed to the Nr.DMC towards Grant in Aid for disbursing salaries to the teachers of the
Nr.DMC for April, 2020, under the Scheme of Primary Education, for the year 2020-21.
As regards the Grant in aid for the month of May 2020, the government submitted, the Finance Department has sanctioned a sum of Rs.49.17 crores to the Nr.DMC by order dated 01.5.2020, for implementing the Scheme of primary education under the salary component for the year 2020-21.
As for the month of June, the Delhi Government informed the court the order for release of grant was issued only yesterday and the same will be remitted to NrDMC's account through RTGS.
While disputing the accuracy of the submissions made by the Delhi Government, Senior Advocate HS Phoolka, who appeared for the NrDMC, submitted that the salaries of all the 9000 teachers employed by the Nr.DMC was released in February, 2020 but salary for the month of March, 2020 has been paid only to 5,400 teachers employed by the Nr.DMC on COVID-19 duties.
In light of this, the court directed the NrDMC to forthwith release the salaries for the month of March in case the sum of Rs. 49.17 crores, as submitted by the Delhi Government, has been credited to its account.
In addition to this, the NrDM shall also indicate in its status report the amount that has been released to its teachers in terms of our order and the number of teachers and for which period.
The court will next take up this matter on July 07.
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