In what comes as relief to a large number of employees of the over 100 government-aided private colleges in Punjab, the state government has released the grant-in-aid amounting to around Rs 149 crore which was pending since 2006 in many cases.
The information was submitted during the resumed hearing of contempt petitions filed in the Punjab and Haryana high court by the colleges stating that the government, despite repeated requests, was not releasing the grants. This had forced the colleges, being run on the 95% grant from the state government, to pay salaries to the employees from their own funds.
Many colleges from Ludhiana and Jalandhar had filed the contempt petitions against the director of public instructions (DPI), colleges, which came up for hearing on Wednesday before the bench headed by justice Rakesh Kumar Garg.
G Vajralingam, principal secretary, higher education, who was himself present in the court, said the government had issued financial sanctions of around Rs 149 crores in four separate orders to provide grant to the private aided colleges. Now, all the colleges would have to first inform the DPI about the pending grants within 15 days, and thereafter the DPI would release the grants in 15 days.
Vajralingam also informed the court that since the state government had moved the Supreme Court in the case, the matter relating to the grant of contributory provident fund (CPF) and leave encashment is pending under the consideration of the apex court.
Observing that the issue of grants had been addressed, the bench disposed of the contempt petitions with directions to release the amount at the earliest after following due process.