Saturday, May 28, 2011


Members are aware that Doordarshan’s 10th Annual Awards ceremony was held on 25th May 2011 in New Delhi. Doordarshan Maintenance Cetnre, Visakhapatnam achieved award under “Best Maintained Centre in South Zone” Category for the year 2010. A Certificate of merit, momento and a cash prize of Rs.25,000/- have been awarded to Sri C.Subbarao, Station Engineer, Doordarshan Maintenance Centre, Visakhapatnam for team effort of Doordarshan Maintenance Centre, Visakhapatnam.

Friday, May 27, 2011


In 1991 All India Radio Administrative staff Association (AIRASA) was started with limited members at Madras with the efforts of Comrade S.N. Somu. Later it was decided to conduct South Zone conference of AIRASA. Comrade Somu had travelled all over south to mobilise the support and to reconstruct the of administrative staff association. South Zone convention was conducted during October 1991 at Chennai. Comrade Somu was elected as President of ADASA and served during 1993-96. He traveled all over India to campaign for ADASA and to bring unity among administrative staff. His efforts to strengthen ADASA are remarkable and unforgettable. He has joined the service in 1976 as CG.II. He got promotion in 1984 as CG.I. and in 2007 as Head Clerk at AIR, Tuticorn. He has worked at Bangalore, Coimbatore, Trivandrum and Kodikanal also. Now Comrade Somu is going to retire on 31st of May, 2011 as Head Clerk from AIR, Chennai. We, the members of ADASA salute the leader Comrade S.N. Somu. We can never forget the support extended to ADASA. We wish him a happy and peaceful retired life.


In the 10th Doordarshan National Awards ceremony held at Siri Fort Auditorium, August Kranti Marg on Wednesday, Union Minister of Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni and the Chairperson of Prasar Bharti Mrinal Pandey gave awards in 32 categories. Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad has been awarded best Doordarshan Kendra. Smt Sailaja Suman, Deputy Director & Head of Programmes and Sni N. Madhava Reddy, Superintending Engineer have received the award along with a cash prize of Rs.25,000/- . Smt Sailaja Suman said that the award shows the dedication of employees working at Doordarshan Kendra, Hyderabad

Monday, May 23, 2011



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Sunday, May 22, 2011


The election results of Akashvani & Doordarshan Administrative Staff Association are announced. The Panel of Mr G K Acharya as President, Mr Visweswara Prasad as General Secretary, Mr R S Chouhan as Assistant General Secretary have won the elections. Mr S S Somai who has contested for Vice-President lost in the panel. Mr Sasidharan who was the previous Vice President, has been again elected as Vice-President. Mr G K Acharya, President of ADASA along with his team conveyed their sincere thanks to all the members.

Wednesday, May 11, 2011


Stung by the controversy over former Prasar Bharati CEO B S Lalli’s removal from his post, the government is looking at amending the Prasar Bharati Act and vest itself once again with powers to remove its chairman and other members on grounds of misconduct and inefficiency. A meeting of the Group of Ministers (GOM) on Prasar Bharati headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram scheduled for 1st June is expected to consider draft amendments to the Act that would not only simplify the process of removal of the Prasar Bharati chief executive and its members but virtually put control in the hands of the government by regaining powers to remove him. Under the Act, as of now, the Prasar Bharati CEO and other members can only be removed following a Presidential reference to the Supreme Court, which then has to inquire into charges of misbehaviour and make a recommendation to the President once it is convinced that the charges are correct. The government had to suffer considerable embarrassment in the wake of corruption allegations against then Prasar Bharati chief Lalli in connection with the Commonwealth Games, who refused to step down. It was then compelled to initiate steps to remove him beginning with the Presidential reference to the Supreme Court, followed by his suspension and later his removal. Sources said that one of the options that are likely to be considered by the GOM would be to reallocate powers of removal to the committee that recommends appointment of the Prasar Bharati chief and its members. Although a three-member committee — headed by the Vice-President and including the Press Council chief and a nominee of the President — selects the Prasar Bharati chairperson and its members, it does not have any role in the removal process. The GOM on Prasar Bharati will also be taking up issues relating to funding of the broadcasting body. The Ministry of I&B, which allots funds totaling Rs 1,500 crore annually to Prasar Bharati, has proposed that while salaries of its employees and other ancillary expenses should be borne by the government, Prasar Bharati will have to raise its own operational resources. The GOM will also have to take a view on recruitment of 3,000 operational staffers for both Air India and Doordarshan, which is currently facing a shortfall of over 10,000 employees.

Tuesday, May 10, 2011


The central government employees were disappointed on Monday when the Department of Personnel and Training (DoPT) decided to keep it at 60 instead of 62. A senior member from the establishment department of the DoPT told Newsline, “It has not been discussed and we have not issued any orders or have taken any ‘in-principle decision’ on the same.’’

“Though there was no official announcement, the news of the extension of retirement age was widely circulated among the departments,’’ said M Naik, associated with the central government. B J Piwal, a member of the central government employees for national confederation, said he was disappointed with no extension in the age. “Though we had no news or order from the seniors in the department, news which appeared on the Net about the extension gave us some hope. Two more years would have good,’’ he said

Source: Indian Express

Saturday, May 7, 2011


At last our elections are over. Most of the members have utilised their franchise. Contestants of both panels are confident about their victory. It is a good sign, the way election campaign went on in a matured manner, except a few incidents. Some supporters of a panel misused the technology i.e. the opponents mobile numbers were used to send messages in support of their raivals. But our members have enjoyed it as a joke of the event. Now the result is in a sealed cover. It will be announced on 21st of May. But the point here is who ever wins is our leader. We should support him in letter and spirit to achieve our demands. The winning team should set targets for themselves. One point that they should keep in mind is that Higher Pay Scales is not the issue. There are so many other problems. The winning team while continuing the efforts for achieving higher pay scales, they should strive hard to solve other problems simultaneously. Then only they can win the hearts of all.



Friday, May 6, 2011


The fight on Higher Scales by administrative staff working in Prasar Bharati has completed 12 long years. Certain cadres are enjoying higher scales for all these years. When administrative staff started fighting for higher scales, after so many years government has decided to settle the issue. The proposal/rumors in air are government is going to revised the scales of certain cadres who are granted over and above, as per VI Central Pay Commission only. But here we can say that it will not be victory to administrative staff. The lowest cadre of LDC in administrative cadre has been granted grade pay of 1900 only. They should find all the ways for improvement of LDCs. The lowest cadre in the administrative cadre is very thirsty and they need upliftment in Prasar Bharati as there are no promotional avenues as in other government departments. We are fighting for Pay Parity for so long, but we have forgotten the other things like up gradation of LDC posts, Cadre restructuring, New Recruitment Rules , conducting Departmental Exams on time, creation of new posts etc. which will benefit the cadre . Even after 12 years we stand there where we were standing. We need a change ! !

Tuesday, May 3, 2011


The government is planning to extend the retirement age of all central government employees by two years — from the current 60 to 62 years. Sources said that an in-principle decision has been taken in this regard and the department of personnel and training (DoPT) has begun the work to implement the same. A formal announcement to this effect is expected this year itself.

The last time the government extended the retirement age of central government employees was in 1998. It was also a two-year extension from 58. This was preceded by the implementation of the 5th Pay Commission, which had put severe strain on government’s finances. Subsequently, all state governments followed the Centre’s policy by extending the retirement age by two years. Public sector undertakings followed suit too. The decision to extend the retirement age is well-timed both politically and economically.

The UPA government reckons the move would be a masterstroke. At a time when it is buffeted by several corruption cases, it is felt that the extension of the retirement age will go down well with the middle classes. Economically also, the move makes sense because by deferring payment of lump sum retirement benefits for a large number of employees by two years, the government would be able to manage its finances better.

“An in-principle decision has been taken to increase the retirement age by two years within this year itself. This would reduce the burden on the fisc from one-time payment of retirement benefits for employees including defence and railways personnel,” an official involved in the discussion said. With the fiscal consolidation high on the government's agenda, this deferment would come handy. There’s some flip side too if the retirement age is extended by two years. Those officials empanelled as secretaries and joint secretaries would have to wait longer to actually get the posts. And of course, there is the issue of average age profile of the civil servants being turning north. It is also felt that any extension is not being fair with a bulk of people who still look for jobs in the government.

However, officials point out that at least it prevents an influential section of the bureaucracy to hanker for post-retirement jobs with the government like chairmanship of regulatory bodies or tribunals. “As it is, a sizeable section of senior civil servants work for three to five years after the retirement in some capacity or the other in the government,” said a senior government official. The retirement age of college teachers and judges are also beyond 60. As per a study, the future pension outgo for the existing Central and State government employees is estimated at a staggering R1,735,527 crore or 55.88% of GDP at market prices of 2004-05

Source: Financial Express