The annual audit report of Panjab University (PU) has called for not extending financial benefits to those teachers who should have retired at the age of 60 but continue to be in service due to a stay order by the high court.
The latest audit report states that `5 crore, which was credited to the provident fund accounts of these teachers, should be transferred to PU's current account. The teachers had approached the court with the demand of increasing the retirement age from 60 to 62 years after which a stay order had been issued.
The latest report, for 2013-14, procured by HT under the RTI Act, says, "They (teachers) continue to contribute towards their provident/general provident fund account. The University Contribution @ 10% of the salary has also been credited in their accounts. After dismissal of the various writ petitions regarding enhancement in the age of retirement of the teachers from 60 to 62 years the university has made the payment of contribution made by the employee to his provident/general provident fund Account but the University Contribution drawn from the current account still stands credited in the provident/general provident fund account of the employees."
The report adds, "The vice-chancellor was requested that the University Contribution for the period beyond 60 years and interest thereon which is not payable to these employees be transferred back to the Panjab University Current Account (Non-Plan) at the earliest vide a memo dated June 21, 2013." It said that the vice-chancellor was again requested that necessary orders be passed on February 11, 2014 but no reply has been received in this office so far.
Irregular payment of earned leave to teachers
The audit has indicted PU for irregular payment of earned leave beyond 180 days to teachers in its report.
The audit says that as per the revised Leave Rules applicable to the teachers with effect from March 1, 1986, the accumulation of earned leave to the extent of 180 days is permissible. There was no rule for encashment of the earned leave to the teachers as observed from the decision of the Syndicate dated October 8, 2013, vide which provision was made for encashment of earned leave upto 180 days.
Later on it was clarified by the vice-chancellor that the decision dated October 8, 2013, of the syndicate already circulated on December 31, 2013, is also applicable to all pending cases of leave encashment.
"The above mentioned decision seems to have been taken after the issue of memo no. RAO/2011/628 dated 30.08.2011 by this office. The Panjab University has sanctioned the leave encashment to the teachers with effect from January 1, 1986 to December 31, 1995 and from January 1, 1996, onwards up to 240 days and 300 days respectively. Therefore the accumulation of earned leave beyond 180 days was not in accordance with the revised Leave Rules applicable to the teachers. The encashment of earned leave up to 240 days during the period January 1, 1986, to December 31, 1995, and up to 300 days from January 1, 1996 to August 29, 2011, without any rule for the same is also irregular. The necessary action as per the rules be taken under intimation to the audit," says the report.
No interest to teachers on PF who work beyond 60
The audit report says that senate decision dated March 24, 2013, regarding payment of simple interest of 8.5 % per annum on provident fund to the teachers who retired on attaining the age of 60 years but continued in service due to pendency of court cases on enhancement in age of retirement is not in consonance with PU calendar volume -1and central government approval is required.