UGC asks universities to pay arrears

The University Grants Commission has directed all central universities and deemed universities maintained by it to make an ad-hoc payment towards the first installment of arrears accruing on account of the implementation of the sixth pay commission recommendations.

In a communication to registrars of central universities and UGC maintained deemed Universities, UGC joint secretary Renu Batra requested that this installment of arrears should be paid by Deepavali. “In view of the procedural requirement, it may take more time to get approval from the union ministry of human resources development for implementing the recommendations of the sixth pay commission. Therefore, the universities can pay the arrears on an ad-hoc basis,” she said.

The first instalment of arrears constitutes 40% of the total arrears. The universities can deduct the income tax at source while making the ad-hoc payment towards arrears, Renu Batra added.

“Till the non-plan additional grants are released on account of implementation of the sixth pay commission or due to immediate non-availability of funds under non-plan, the university may make the payments towards ad-hoc arrears of first instalments from grants available with the universities from other schemes and the same may be recouped once the additional non-plan grants are released by the UGC for implementation of the sixth pay commission,” she added.

Source : Times of India (27-10-08)