Non-teaching staff at central universities, who fall under categories C and D, will no longer get their Diwali bonus, an order from the Ministry of Human Resource and Development (MHRD) and the University Grants Commission (UGC) has said. They will also have to “return” bonus paid to them in the last two years.
The notice, which was sent last week to registrars of all central universities, has been put up across departments and colleges under DU. It asked staff to return the bonus amount of Rs 7,000.
Employees under categories C and D include office attendants, field attendants, security guards and safai karamcharis.
The order states: “As the government of India has not extended the orders for the grant of non-productivity-linked bonus for 2015-16 and 2016-17 to autonomous bodies, you are requested not to make payment of bonuses to employees of your universities, till it is extended by the government of India… If the university has already paid bonus to their employees, the university must make recoveries…”
An office attendant who works at DU’s psychology department, said, “We used to get bonuses during Diwali, but this time we were told that we will not get it. No reasons were given for the order.”
A safai karamchari who works at a DU college told The Indian Express, “I have used up the bonuses paid in the previous years. I think the amount will be deducted from our salaries now. Why does the government want only the poor to suffer? All of us are university employees, so why this discrimination?”
Officials of the UGC and MHRD could not be reached for comment on the matter.