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Ex-VC lambasts varsity officials

india Updated: Feb 09, 2007 23:59 IST
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FORMER DEVI Ahilya Vishwavidyalaya Vice-Chancellor C S Chaddha took the university staff to task on Thursday for not having cleared his Dearness Allowance (DA) pending for the past three years. He also furnished a letter from Raj Bhawan asking the DAVV to do so.

Chaddha, who was in the City as chief patron of the Guru Granth Sahib Vichar Manch convening the fifth global conference from February 10 on Sri Guru Granth Sahib at the new auditorium constructed during his tenure at Khandwa Road campus, took the varsity staff by surprise when he visited the RNT Marg campus in the morning.

Returning to his former V-C cabin that he got shifted from downstairs to the first floor, he met his former staff and summoned the varsity finance officers. He, however, could not meet acting Vice-Chancellor Dr Rajkamal, who is out of City.

Speaking to V-C secretary and deputy registrar (Development) Dr D K Baggha and finance officer Sumitra Mayuri, he demanded his DA pending since he worked in DAVV and threatened them of action in the name of finance secretary Sumit Bose. 

He claimed the varsity had to pay DA to him, which had been stopped due to confusion at some level. After retiring from IAS, he was entitled for DA that is stopped only when taking up some other employment. Thereafter, only basic pension is continued.

He served two terms as V-C from November 3, 2004 to June 20, 2005 and then from June 21, 2005 to August 5, 2006 but was not paid DA due to him neither by the government nor the University.

Baggha, who also has the additional powers of registrar in the absence of acting registrar M K Tiwari, said the demands made by Chaddha are legitimate.

In view of a letter from the Raj Bhawan, his DA is being computed and the particulars would be sent to the higher authorities.

Sumitra Mayuri said that special orders have been issued in this case as it has come directly from Raj Bhawan with approval from the finance secretary.

Chaddha’s DA, amounting to about Rs 70000, is being verified. Any amount due to him in this regard would be calculated and sent to the registrar for approval.