Wednesday, May 15, 2013
Tuesday, April 9, 2013
One of the main burning issues of Prasar Bharati is wage discrimination as far as employees is concerned. When Prasar Bharati is formed certain cadres of employees were granted upgraded scales in 1999. Remaining cadres working in Prasar Bharati are demanding for implementation of the same. After so many deliberations and so much of struggle the issue was taken up by GOM and formed a Joint Secretaries committee to look into the issue. Years are passing and employees are getting retired but the issue is unsettled. But after taking charge of Shri Jawahar Sirkar as CEO, employees were in hope that he will put an end to the undemocratic practice. His positive approach with issues, particularly towards the employees, the determination and commitment has given a ray of hope. He got succeeded in getting clearance for filling up of vacancies and revision of remuneration to Artists. It is quite disappointing to note that he did not spellout a word till today about the action plan to wipe out the wage discrimination being practiced. But the neglected folk are still optimistic and awaiting with patience for a positive response. Needless to mention is that any move by any person to curb this evil of wage discrimination will win the hearts of 15,000 employees who are neglected for decades in AIR & Doordarshan.
Friday, March 22, 2013
Mis-interpretation of the 6th CPC gazette notification by PAO, AIR, Chennai vide his letter No. PAO/AIR/Chen/Pen/12-13/197 dated 23.1.2013
If you carefully examine and read the 6th CPC report as well as gazette notification, we will know that the PAO, AIR, Chennai has not taken care of the points enumerated below before seeking clarification from Prasar Bharati.
1. 6th CPC recommended upgraded higher replacement pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 in respect of Head Clerk/Assistant/Steno Gr.II & equivalent (Page No. 163, point No. 3.1.14 of the report) and on the basis of this, govt. vide its gazette notification No. 470 dated 29.8.2008 granted the revised upgraded higher pay scale of Rs. 6500-10500 to above categories of post in Part B Section II of Gazette (Page No. 44 & 45 of the gazette).
2. Note 2A of Gazette (page no. 37) clearly mentions that Illustration 4A will be applicable where post has been upgraded as indicated in Part B or Part C following the clause 7(A)(i) &(ii) of CCS (RP) Rules, 2008.
3. Clause 7(A)(ii) indicates that “if the minimum of the revised pay scale is more than the amount arrived at as per (i) above, the pay shall be fixed at the minimum of the revised pay scale.” (page no. 35 of the gazette)
4. Although the PAO, AIR, Chennai presumed that the fixation of upgraded pay scale should be as per Note 2A and clause 7(A)(i)*(ii), but the procedure of pay fixation shown by him is totally wrong and it is based on Illustration 4B instead of 4A.
5. As per clause 8(A)(ii), the minimum of the revised pay scale of 6500-10500 is 6500/- then the pay as on 1.1.2006 should be fixed at the minimum of Rs. 6500/- if the existed pay in the pre-revised pay scale as on 1.1.2006 is less than 6500/-.
6. As mentioned by PAO, Chennai that DDO’s have raised the pay to the minimum of the pre-revised upgraded scale of Rs. 6500/- is wrong. In my opinion it is absolutely correct as done by DDO because this is exactly as per clause 7(A)(ii).
7. PAO Chennai told that bunching is already been allowed in the fitment table, I want to clarify here (as per procedure laid down in gazette on page no. 35) that until two or more govt. servants being not brought at one stage i.e. minimum of the revised pay scale, benefit of bunching cannot be granted, hence saying of PAO, Chennai that it has been allowed in Fitment Table is wrong. The benefit of bunching can only be allowed if employees are upgraded and put at one stage of pay.
Recovery of CGEGIS subscription in respect of Group C carrying grade pay of Rs. 4200 & 4600
8. Vide Gazette notification no. 605 dated 9.4.2009, the govt. has notified GP of Rs. 4200, 4600, 4800 & 5400 as Group B and this has also been circulated by DG:AIR for its implementation. The CGEGIS of Rs. 60/- implies for Group B, hence deducting of Rs. 60/- against above GP employees is correct.
9. We can not understand the intention of PAO, AIR, Chennai for seeking clarification from Prasar Bharati with a copy to Member (Personnel) Prasar Bharati, CCA Ministry of I&B instead of asking it from DG:AIR directly as they are the competent authority to issue the orders based on gazette notification. I think DG:AIR must have issued the orders after thoroughly examine the case by different wings.
I appeal & request to all my colleagues to look into the matter & re-think over it. Here I wish to add that PAO, AIR, Mumbai has already issued the clarification that the pay fixation based on the DG:AIR is correct.
Rajeev Kumar, All
India Radio, New Delhi
Thursday, March 14, 2013
The Government of India has set up an Expert Committee under the chairpersonship of Mr Sam Pitroda to review the functioning of Prasar Bharati. The committee’s terms of reference include sustaining, strengthening and amplification of Prasar Bharati’s role as a public broadcaster, with a special reference to its relationship with Government, in the emerging context; a review of the status of implementation of recommendations made by various committees that have undertaken the study of Prasar Bharati, and suggesting a roadmap for enhancing Prasar Bharati's reach and potential; digitisation of the archival material in the possession of Doordarshan and All India Radio, including material from the Independence Movement era, and the development of enabling infrastructure; use of new media to deliver digital content; ensuring a wider reach to a worldwide audience; and any other statutory issue. The committee has decided to study all relevant areas related to Prasar Bharati, viz., the Prasar Bharati-Government relationship, technology, business development, finance, HR & organisation, content & programming, archiving, presence on social and other new & emerging media platforms, global initiatives, regulatory mechanism, and comparison with other public service broadcasters