Hyderabad: Adding credence to the accusations by staff members of the Mesco College of Pharmacy, a letter from a member of the MESCO Society has surfaced, which alleges that the institute has not been paying its employees their salaries regularly.
The letter, reportedly written by Mesco Education Society member Syed Zakir Hussain, also addressed many irregularities and leveled other allegations against the management of the society he is part of. The leaked letter, a copy of which is with Siasat.com, mentioned that employees have many grievances and that the Pharmacy College staff and others were not paid the salaries even during Ramzan in the last four years.
“Moreover fee reimbursement by the government of Telangana state for minorities is also received, it is necessary to check why salaries were not paid,” said the letter, which also urged the MESCO management to review the performance of all employees of MESCO for their continuation and to address the disparity in salaries.
The letter also spoke about allegations of misappropriation of funds, collection of the donation, diversion of funds, cheating, fraud, misrepresentation, irregularities using fictitious faculty, misleading Government agencies, courts, and others including members of the society.
One of the staff members from the MESCO College of Pharmacy at , who did not want to be quoted, told Siasat.com, that for the last one year they have only received half their salaries. “Since April, we have not been paid as well,” he stated, adding that the staff members did get their salaries in February and March.
The staff member also said that because of this mismanagement, everyone is going through a very hard time and their families are suffering, especially due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. When contacted, Dr. VH Shastri, principal of MESCO College of Pharmacy said, “The management has taken up this issue (regarding salaries).” He however hung up before anything else could be asked.
Siasat.com has also learnt that the staff of MESCO College of Pharmacy also wrote to the management to pay them their salaries few days ago. “We, the faculty of MESCO college of pharmacy, Hyderabad would like to request you to pay pending salaries from the month April 2020 to January 2021 and regular salaries from the month of April 2021.
“We have fulfilled all our duties during lockdown period and thereafter i.e., conducting regular online classes and exams (main and internals) including practical exams and Pharm D project and B pharm project work completion.
Sir, we could not meet our living expenses including transportation and house rent, due to which we are in debts.
It is our humble request to you to look into this matter and do the needful as early as possible,” said their letter.