Jharkhand: Owed Rs 20-L by varsity, ailing teacher dies in penury
ranchi Updated: Dec 23, 2015 15:09 IST
A former professor, who had retirement arrears worth Rs 20 lakh pending with the Sidhu Kanho Murmu University (SKMU), died on Tuesday due to lack of financial support for better medical treatment.
His contemporaries from the Deoghar College and family members claimed 70-year-old Roopnarayan Falhari, who taught economics at Deoghar College, retired in 2009 and was allegedly yet to get a single rupee from his dues, despite running from pillar to post for the past six years.
“He was suffering from a brain hemorrhage and we had to admit him to a local hospital in Ranchi because we did not have sufficient money to ensure better treatment for Falhari ji,” said MG Tiwari, a former principal of Deoghar College and a close friend of Falhari.
Falhari was admitted to Guru Nanak Hospital in Ranchi on December 12.
The doctors referred him to better medical facilities in Vellore, Tamil Nadu, but a cash crunch forced his family to keep him in Ranchi, Tiwari said.
“A gratuity amount of Rs 10 lakh, Rs 7 lakh arrears of the fifth and sixth pay commissions… and around Rs 3 lakh miscellaneous arrears were due. We could have saved him if he had received the money,” said Tiwari.
Falhari wasn’t the only victim of anomalies in clearance of arrears by varsities in Jharkhand.
Several retired university teachers and their families are crying hoarse over the alleged apathy of the varsities and the University Grants Commission (UGC).
The Federation of University Teachers Association of Jharkhand (FUTAJ) has claimed that at least 10 retired professors in Jharkhand have died due to lack of funds for better treatment.
The association claims that over 30 retired teachers in the state suffer from cancer, while around 20 suffer from heart diseases and are in urgent need of money for their treatment.
However, SKMU vice chancellor Qamar Ahsan did not respond to Hindustan Times’s calls.