Part of the centrally sponsored schemes, the expenditure for the academic programme is shared in a 60-40 ratio between the Centre and state. However, since the state has cut down on its expenses in the Covid-19 pandemic, they have released only their share of the amount. “Pre-Covid, the state would pay our salaries and even if the centre hadn’t released their share. But that hasn’t happened since May and most of the employees haven’t been paid,” said Dayanand Jatnure, an employee from DIET, Pune.
The employees have also written to the education department on multiple occasions demanding they be paid their dues. “So many of us are testing positive for Covid-19 and are having to seek treatment in private hospitals as beds are short. When we are struggling to make ends meet due to non-payment, how can we afford treatment?” said Jatnure.
School education commissioner, Vishal Solanki could not be reached for comment. But, officials in the department said they had already written to the state’s finance department regarding the same. An official from the government said the state had decided to not pay the centre’s share in the view of the financial constraints during Covid-19.