Salary jolt for FTII employees, itís just temporary, says director

Salary of Jan and Feb could be delayed

The teaching and non-teaching staff of the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII) got a jolt on Wednesday morning when they were conveyed by the FTII director that their January and February salary could be delayed, and was likely to be paid along with the March salary in early April.

Revealing this, some of the employees who attended the meeting held on the campus that Director D J Narain informed them of the delay as the institute had not received the funds.

Even as some of the employees started grumbling about the delay, good news arrived. Shortly after the meeting, the director said he had received information from the Union Information and Broadcasting Ministry that the salary had been released and could come within 7-8 days or maybe take a few more days.

FTII is considered a leading film institute in Asia and employs 260 staff of which 180 are permanent and the rest are on contract. Some of the employees said salaries are usually deposited in their accounts on the last day of the month.

"In the morning, Director sir held an open meeting of the staff. He said the salaries for January and February could be withheld and they would get the salary only in April. He said this was because of non availability of grants," said an employee who did not wished to be named.

Speaking to The Indian Express later, FTII director Narain said the fund crunch was only temporary and would not affect the curriculum or teaching.

"The salary could be paid in a 5-6 days or could take a little longer. My aim was to mentally prepare the staff. It's only a temporary phenomenon that shouldn't have have happened. However, the cash crunch is not going to affect teaching at all. Only the salary will be affected," said Narain.

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