Aligarh Muslim University(AMU) pauses the pension of retired staff thus creating question hours for its functioning.
More than 5,500 retired AMU staff has received half of their pensions since October citing lack of funds from UGC.
It is also claimed that many pensioners have not been receiving their pensions since 2019 due to the same issue.
The University Grants Commission has not released the full payment of the pensioners and therefore AMU lacks the amount being unable to pay its staff members.
AMU Professor Aftab Alam has written an open letter to his co-staff stating he has received half of his pension despite the time being when the world is already suffering. The letter stated “ This month pensioners (both teaching and non-teaching staff) have received just half of their pension amount. At this critical juncture, I don’t want to get involved in the usual blame game. I would rather work for the solution.”
Aftab’s letter further contained the predicament of other reitred Professors and issues such as unpaid full retirement benefits, encashment of leaves and commuted value of pensions since the last few months.
Rajib Ray, DUTA President said that there are no such problems. Jamia’s Teachers’ Association (JTA) Secretary Majid Jamil in support of DUTA President said that the University has no such problems and the pensioners are granted the full amount.
AMU’s public relation officers has stated that the suffering of pensioners lies to UGC’s unreleased funding.He said “ The UGC has not released enough funding, otherwise, why would the university not pay pensioners? We are making every effort for them.”