The lockdown period of almost 2 months has left Delhi government with no money to pay the salaries of the staff members, teachers, and even doctors. The government needs close to Rs. 3500 crore per month to pay employees and meet other office expenses. In the past two months, GST collection has been around Rs, 500 crores each on average. Including other avenues, the Delhi government has earned Rs. 1,736crore.
“We need Rs. 5000crore; we need to pay our employees their salaries such as doctors, nurses, and other staff members”, this is the statement made by the Deputy Chief Minister of Delhi, Mr. Manish Sishodiya.
He said in a press conference on 31st May, that he and his government have tried their level best that the migrant workers and the daily wage workers have to face a minimum level of difficulty. His office said that “The virus is not going anywhere, as of now, we need to improve our hospitals and other facilities and for that we need funds. We have not received any funds under the disaster relief funds (apada rahat kosh) so far. There is some financial issue because of low tax revenue and no funds are given by the Centre government”.
Sisodia has written a letter to Union Finance Minister Nirmala Sitaraman, asking for a fund of Rs. 5000crore. Capital Territory, Delhi, has the highest number of Coronavirus patients after Mumbai and they are still increasing with an accelerated speed. To combat this, the Delhi government is not having funds and passing the buck on the Central government.
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Universities of Delhi are also facing financial crises as they are now unable to pay the salaries of their staff. The principal of Shaheed Rajguru College of Applied sciences for women, Mrs. Payal Mago, said, “We managed to pay salaries of our non-teaching staff for the month of March. But we are unable to pay salaries to our non-teaching staff, if the funds are not released by May, we may not be able to pay the salary for April either”.
Professor of BR Ambedkar College, Mr. Suits Kumar, said, “March salary of thousands of employees has not been paid in DU colleges. Under this extreme environment of lockdown due to COVID-19, Delhi government has not released sufficient grant to these colleges, this is shameful and inhuman”. He further added that “The problem was due to conflicting interests of two political parties to grab the control of the governing bodies of theses colleges”.
Our teachers, doctors, and other staff members are the actual corona warriors who are putting their lives in threat to save ours. Whatsoever is the reason, the government should not show this reckless behavior and should pay their salary on time, which is the minimum we can do for them.