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IITs and NITs faculties still waiting for revised pay scales

New Delhi: Indian Institute of Technology and National Institute of Technology teachers and faculty members at central universities are still waiting for higher salaries although two months have passed since the Government issued orders to revise their pay scales.
While some of the Indian Institutes of Technology have cited lack of funds, others blamed it on the delay in fixing individual packages. The central universities have cited lack of any communication from the University Grants Commission.
The Human Resource Development Ministry had two months ago issued separate orders, one for teachers of centrally funded technical institutions like the IITs and the NITs, and another for university and college teachers.
Both orders spoke about revising the basic pay but didn't mention allowances like those for house rent and research.
The orders said the allowances would be announced later in consultation with the Finance Ministry. Till Monday, the allowances had not been announced.
The wait has coincided with the Finance Ministry's insistence that institutions generate funds internally to bear a part of the revised pay. The institutions have been protesting it, hence the allowances are not being announced, said an official source.
The Government has not announced a revision in pension too. "The government must give revised pension... (it is) the right of retired staff,"a retired IIT Delhi professor, said.
All Indian IIT faculty federation reportedly wrote to teachers of all the IITs for a meeting soon to work out their future course of action. Earlier, in October, IIT teachers had held token protests against the delay in the payment of revised salaries.
An official said lack of funds was behind the delay. "The arrears at any old IIT will be over Rs 50 crore, and I don't believe we have this kind of money floating around in the budget. In the absence of release of funds, the communication of pay revision orders is rather hollow," the official said.
Another IIT official said individual packages had not been formalised yet.
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