Saturday, June 25, 2011
Thursday, June 23, 2011
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting
‘A’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan,
Smt. Reena Sangl,
C/O Shri B B. Sangal,
Subject: Information sought under RTI Act, 2005 by Smt Reena Sangal regarding
Upgraded pay scales to certain category of subordinate Engg & Programme
Staff of AIR, DD and CCW of AIR.
I am directed to refer to your RTI application received in this Ministry on 28.3.2011 and to give seriatim replies as under:
1. Upgraded pay scales were given to the employees of Prasar Bharati with the
Approval of the Cabinet but RRs of those categories of staff have not been amended so far.
2. The benefit of ACP was not granted to them. The staff who were granted
Pay scales, the benefit of MACP Scheme to the Prasar Bharati employees has been granted by Prasar Bharati themselves without consulting the Ministry.
3. A proposal for merger of pay scale of Engineering Assistant and Senior
Engineering Assistant is under consideration of the Government as per court directions. But in this regard no final decision has been taken so far. As such the case of grant of MACP in the pay scale of Rs.7450-11500 will be decided by Prasar Bharati themselves since Prasar Bharati has already granted the scale to its employees under MACP Scheme.
4. As per the Pay Commission recommendations, promotion/up gradation Under MACP from one grade pay to another grade pay, the benefit of Pay hike of 3% is permissible.
5. There is no provision to protect the pay of officers on repatriation to their parent cadre after deputation. The pay of such employees is regulated in the old pay scale on their reversion.
6. The benefit of ACP has not been allowed to Prasar Bharati employees who were granted the upgraded pay scales by the Ministry of I&B except Junior Engineers and Assistant Engineers of CCW. However, MACP has been granted to Prasar Bharati employees by DG:AIR and DG:DDn themselves without consulting this Ministry. DOPT being the nodal Ministry/Department in case of all govt. services, DOPT can seek clarification from the concerned Department for wrong payments made.
2. The name and address of the Appliate Authority is:-
Ms. Jayanthi G, Deputy Secretary (BA-E), Room No.663, ‘A’Wing, Shastri
For (S.P. Bhattarya)
Under Secretary & CPIO
S.O(IFC), w..r.t.letter no.1/195/2011-IC dated 22.3.2011
Wednesday, June 22, 2011
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NEXT GOM SCHEDULED AT THE END OF THIS MONTH...!!!
The Group of Ministers on Prasar Bharati, chaired by Home Minister P Chidambaram, met on Wednesday (
The meeting attended by Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni, Human Resource Development Minister Kapil Sibal, Corporate Affairs Minister Murli Deora, Law Minister Veerappa Moily, Minister of State, Finance, Namo Narayan Meena and Minister of State in PMO V Narayansamy also discussed increasing the number of members — both full-time and part-time — in the Prasar Bharati. The need for appointments to the public broadcaster to be based on relevant qualification and of experienced individuals in this field was also discussed, according to sources.
“Though the Group of Ministers is in favour of amending the law to give more power to the government in dismissal of the members and Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati in case of charges of irregularities and misconduct against them, the members want to take a balanced view which should be acceptable to the wider political spectrum and passed by Parliament,” they said.
At present, the procedure for removal of CEO and members are very complicated, they pointed out adding a final decision on amending the law will be taken only at the next meeting scheduled at the end of the month. Under the present law, Prasar Bharati CEO and members can be removed only by order of the President on the ground of misbehaviour after the Supreme Court, on a reference being made to it by the President of India, has, on inquiry reported that the Chairman or such other member of the body, as the case may be, ought, on such ground, be removed, they pointed out.
The Group of Ministers also deliberated on deleting some provisions of the law enacted in 1990 as they have become obsolete. These included the one concerning constituting Broadcasting council.