Shyam Saynekar, a visually impaired professor, retired after 32 years of service from KV Pendharkar College, Dombivli, in April last year. But, he claims, he is yet to receive his pension and gratuity.
Meanwhile, the Dombivli college and the University of Mumbai have been passing the buck to each other.
On his retirement, Saynekar submitted the required documents, hoping that the pension and gratuity amount — around Rs8 lakh and more than Rs 75,000, which is the interest accrued on that would amount to — would be disbursed to him soon.
Saynekar, who approached the college authorities on several occasions asking the cause of this delay, said he has not yet a satisfactory response from them.
Two days ago, the college authorities told Saynekar that his file is “in the process of being cleared”. And after the joint director approves the file, it would be sent to the office of the accountant general and then finally to the pension office.
This delay has left Saynekar wondering who is at fault for not paying him his dues — the college or the University of Mumbai?
“The institute knows who will retire and when? So why doesn’t the college start the process of clearing the dues in advance so that pay fixation, documentation and other issues can be sorted out well before a person retires?” Saynekar asked.
“If they do this, a retired person wouldn’t have to run from pillar to post to get his or her dues,” he added.
The college is not at fault, asserted the principal, Mangala Sinnerkar. “The college had sent Saynekar’s file for pay fixation,” she added.
“Once this was done, we realised that the University of Mumbai had set up a separate office for the Konkan and Thane region and our office had been shifted to Panvel,” she explained.
“We the started following up with officials concerned at Panvel, but since the University of Mumbai had not allotted DDO number to them, they returned his file and we submitted the file again to them in October,” Sinnekar added.