THE UNIVERSITY Grants Commission has pointed out discrepancies with regard to the special allowance being given to the Vice-Chancellor and also non-deduction of the pension from the salary being given to the Registrar of the Panjab University.
In a letter addressed to the Finance and Development of the University, the UGC has pointed that special pay of Rs 5,000 with dearness allowance on the same is being paid to the Vice-Chancellor by the university in contravention of rules. In fact, the element shown as special pay in the salary statement is special allowance and no further allowance is payable on the same. The overpayment made on this account needs to be recovered or refunded immediately, reads the letter.
The UGC letter also states that a special allowance of Rs 17,085 is also being paid to the Vice-Chancellor. It is stated that the chancellor has approved this to compensate the difference of the pay or allowances being drawn from his previous employer. UGC has sought that the basis for the grant or special allowance supported by the relevant rules and copy of approval of chancellor may be made available for the formal settlement of this issue.
“The pay of the Vice-Chancellor of the Panjab University is determined by the Chancellor of the PU. I have nothing to add at the moment. I have not received any communication from the UGC so far,” said Vice-Chancellor Arun Kumar Grover.
In the case of the Registrar, the UGC has written that as per the Department of Personnel and Training, the pay of re-employed pensioner needs to be regulated in the light of the Government of India orders and directions given by the UGC in this regard.
The UGC letter says that the Registrar of the university is a retired commissioned defence officer and it is evident from the salary statement that he is being paid the minimum pay of the scale without deducting the amount of pension which is a violation of the Government of India orders and directions from the UGC. It is also not clear from the salary statement that dearness relief is also being claimed by him on his pension.
The UGC has sought the correct factual position along with quoting documents in this regard. The overpayment made due to wrong pay fixation may be recovered from his salary immediately under information to this office and the local audit department, Chandigarh, says the letter.
The UGC letter states that “it has to be recognised in this connection that the recovery of the overpayment will only be partial corrective action to remove the audit objection and observations. The graveness of the charge underlying these incidents would warrant some more attention”.