Salaries, grants hit as col­leges say state owes them ` 2,013cr

Hindustan Times ST (Mumbai) - HT Navi Mumbai Live - - FRONT PAGE - Musab Qazi musab.qazi@hin­dus­tan­times.com

MUM­BAI: Three Ma­ha­rash­tra gov­ern­ment de­part­ments owe en­gi­neer­ing, man­age­ment and phar­macy col­leges across the state Rs2,013 crore as ar­rears of stu­dent free­ships over the past three years.

Data com­piled by the Direc­torate of Tech­ni­cal Ed­u­ca­tion (DTE) show the de­part­ments of higher and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion, so­cial jus­tice and spe­cial as­sis­tance, and tribal devel­op­ment, have not paid grants to more than 1,000 col­leges. The de­lay in get­ting funds, col­leges say, is af­fect­ing pay­ment of salaries.

The so­cial jus­tice and spe­cial as­sis­tance depart­ment, which re­im­burses col­leges for free­ships to sched­uled caste (SC) stu­dents, owes the bulk of funds. The tribal devel­op­ment depart­ment that pro­vides funds for sched­uled tribe (ST), no­madic tribe (NT) and Vimukta Jati (VJ) stu­dents, and the depart­ment of higher and tech­ni­cal ed­u­ca­tion, which sub­sidises fees for eco­nom­i­cally back­ward class (EBC) stu­dents, are yet to re­lease funds too.

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