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Monday, July 14, 2014

ADASA NATIONAL COUNCIL MEET HELD AT NEW DELHI










The 29th National Council meeting of ADASA  held at New Delhi on 12th and 13th  of July 2014.  Representatives from various zones have attended the meeting. Several issues pertaining to Administrative cadre were discussed during the meeting.  Members attended from various zones have taken part in deliberations.  The issues of Pay Parity, Different court cases filed by ADASA and members,  in-situ promotions,  timely conduction of DPCs,  have come for discussions. However, Representatives have suggested the National Council  leaders to concentrate more on long pending issue of Pay Parity.  National council has assured to make all efforts to put forth the demands before concerned authorities. All the representatives have expressed their confidence with National Council and appreciated the efforts of National Council.   The meeting ended with vote of thanks. 

Thursday, June 5, 2014

ADASA PROPOSAL FOR IN-SITU PROMOTIONS

PROPOSAL FOR PERSONAL/IN-SITU PROMOTION OF   LDC IN THE  GRADE
OF UDC    AND   UDC IN THE GRADE OF HEAD CLERK/ASSISTANT
The issue of stagnation and promotion   in the Administrative Cadre has been raised by the Akashavani and Doordarshan Administrative Staff Association in the Office Council, Departmental Council as well as the meetings held with the officials in Prasar Bharati Sectt and Directorate General All India Radio so many times. The Lower Division Clerks and Upper Division Clerks working in the field units of All India Radio and Doordarshan have been stagnating  for a period of more than 20 years in the same post.
2.  Brief Background of  AIR & Doordarshan and Administrative
Cadre:-
(i) Background of AIR and Doordarshan
AIR:-
The broadcasting was started  in India before independence in 1923 and in later years after adopting it by the Govt it started working in the name of India State Broadcasting service in April, 1930 which was renamed  as All India Radio in 1936.  At present there are about 370 AIR Stations with more than 480 transmitters with having a reach within the   93% of population.
Doordarshan:-
In India the telecasting was started first time in the year 1959 from Delhi studio as a part of All India Radio having l television services in less than ten cities in India as a only one telecasting authority   but now there are 67 Programme Production centres ,40 satellite stations and more than 1415 transmitters with a reach of 93% of the population.
(ii)THE ADMINISTRATIVE STAFF STRUCTURE
In All India Radio and Doordarshan, at the Apex level there are Directorate of All India Radio and Doordarshan and at the field level there are about 370 AIR stations and 67 Doordarshan Kendras  & 480 Radio Transmitters  with 1415 Doordarshan Relay centers/Transmitters .  There are about 605 Drawing and Disbursing Officers working
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in AIR and Doordarshan stations/Kendras/Offices and High Power Transmitters  in all over India where the day to day  Administrative and Financial works are to be carried out  for smooth working of the organization. The total no of  approx 40000 staff is working in  AIR and DDN having more than hundred cadres.  The  Administrative employees is having the sanctioned strength of 6209(Six thousand two hundred and nine) in the field units of AIR and DDn including few posts in DG:Doordarshan and DG: AIR and are performing the core functions in General Administration, Personnel and Financial Administration of the organization.
 Staff strength of  Administrative Staff of AIR and Doordarshan  :-
Sl. No.
Designation

Group
Pre-revised pay scale
Revised Pay Scale as per 6th Pay Commission
Sanctioned Posts
1
Deputy Director of Administration
A

15600-39100  GP- 6600
14
2.
Inspector of Accounts
B
7450-11500
9300-34800    GP-4800
7
3.
Sr. Administrative Officer
B
7500-12000
9300-34800    GP-4800
38
          4
Administrative Officer
B
6500-10500
9300-34800    GP-4600
102
5
Head Clerk/Assistant
C
5500-9000
9300-34800    GP-4200
629
6
Upper Division Clerk
C
4000-6000
5200-20200    GP-2400
2222
7
Lower Division Clerk
C
3050-4590
5200-20200    GP-1900
3197


-TOTAL
6209

There are three distinct services on the regular establishment viz.(I)  Programme  (ii)  Engineering   (iii) Administrative.
The Administrative Staff of All India Radio and Doordarshan play a very important role in broadcasting by devoting their services in Programme, Engineering and Administration wings of Prasar Bharati.  Administration is the back of bone of any organization.  Administrative Staff manages the financial as well administrative wings  and  Store Department in  Prasar    Bharati. They perform the duties of an administrator and financial advisor in a Station/Kendra/Office of AIR and Doordarshan.
 Moreover with the conversion of AIR and Doordarshan into autonomous body (Prasar Bharati (India’s Public Service Broadcaster)  the method of book keeping has undergone a drastic change. Commercial accounting system has been introduced in tune with the changing needs of accounting and these calls for new skills among administrative employees and the work burden has also increased. The management of funds at the apex level as well as at the Station / Kendra / Offices shall be major task of Administration.
3.       Pay Parity /up gradation  OR  Prasar Bharati Secales Issue:-
Pay scales of 11 categories of Programme and Engineering Cadre of AIR and Doordarshan  were upgraded in the name of Prasar Bharati vide Ministry of I & B order No. 310/173/97-B(D) dated 25.02.1999  over and above the pay scale recommended by the 5th Pay Commission with the conditions/ undertaking that they will remain continue in Prasar Bharati . The Programme and Engineering Cadres are having more promotional avenues since  they are having  more than 50 percent Group A & B Gazetted posts  out of  the sanctioned Posts whereas in the Administrative cadre there are only 14 Group A and 147 Group “B” posts out of the  sanctioned strength of 6209 employees &  the LDCs and UDCs are stagnating for more than 20 years in one post .
But it is unfortunate to say  that the  pay parity case of Administrative wing has been totally ignored by the authorities since the last 15 years. The approach of the authorities  might have been  influenced by the wrong impression that since the designations of Administrative Staff of All India Radio and Doordarshan are similar to other Central Government Departments, the work / responsibilities shouldered by Administrative Staff of AIR and Doordarshan  and would also be the same but it is not the case.  The Prasar Bharati Secretariat  also comprises a Member for Personnel and  Member for Finance  as a full time functionaries is a sample proof of the significance and importance of these two wings i.e. Administration and Finance  of Akashvani And Doordarshan offices. The low paid employees LDCs  and UDCs  neither have a better chance of promotion nor  given the benefit of Prasar Bharati  upgraded  Pay Scales as per MIB order dated 25.02.199 referred above.

The comparative Statement showing the  Scales recommended by the Govt  for these 11 categories of Programme and Engineering staff vis-à-vis Administrative cadre in 5th Central Pay Commission  and higher pay scale over  and above  the recommendations given by the authorities in the name of Prasar Bharati  is summarized below:-
Sl. No.
Engineering and Programme  Posts
Recommendation of 5th CPC

Upgraded Prasar Bharati Scales granted vide order of dated
25.02. 1999
Administrative Cadre
Recommendation of 5th CPC

Upgraded Prasar Bharati Scales granted vide order of dated 25.02. 1999
A
Comparison between Engineering and Administrative Cadre

1
Assistant Engineer
6500-10500
7500-12000
Administrative Officer
6500-10500
No benefit of up gradation
2
Sr. Engineering Asstt.

5500-9000
7450-11500

Head Clerk /Assistant

5500-
9000
3
Engineering Asstt.
5000-8000
6500-10500
B.
Comparison between Programme and Administrative Cadre

1.
Programme Executive
6500-7500
7500-12000
Administrative Officer
6500-
0500
No benefit of up gradation
2.
Transmission Executive
5000-9000
6500-10500
Head Clerk/
Assistant
5500-
9000


4 . NEED FOR IN-SITU PROMOTION FOR LDCS AND UDCS:-

It is a fact that  the Lower Division Clerks and Upper Division Clerks have been left stagnation for almost 20-24years due to one reason or the other.  The situation is so extraordinary that some extraordinary solution will have to be thought about to resolved their stagnation problems. The proposal for one time diversion of the Direct Recruitment posts in more than 100 nos of posts of Head Clerk/ Assistant  to promotion quota is also under consideration but it may not lasting the  solution to the long pending problem.

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To verify the situation the statement showing the sanctioned strength and in position strength of LDCs and UDCs is summarized below:-

Sl. No.
Designation
Sanctioned Posts
Filled Posts
Vacant posts
1
Head Clerk/Assistant
629
404
225
 (20% DR and 20% DE quota)
2
Upper Division Clerk
2222
1953
269
(20%DE quota)
3
Lower Division Clerk
3197
1741
1456
(100%Direct  Recruitment through SSC)

Lower Division Clerk  have been stagnating for more than 20years in the same posts. The promotion from  LDC to UDC takes  about 23 years.
The promotion from  Upper Division Clerk to Head Clerk  is also very delayed & they have been stagnating for more than 20 years.
The promotional prospects in the  administrative cadre  are very poor and most of the LDCs  gets only  one promotion in his service life span of more than 35 years.
5.     The following steps need to be taken in order to resolve the issue of stagnation for LDCs and UDCs:-


Sl.
No
Proposed Solution
Eligible service Required for promotion
Vacancy position in the promoted Cadre
Additional financial implications
1
Upper Division Clerk

10 years
225
None, as all of them have  already been given the scale of ACP/MACP
2
Lower Division Clerk
8  years
226
None, as all of them have  already been given the scale of ACP/MACP

A ratio should be prescribed for seniority in the promoted cadre and this could be done on the basis of 3:1. 

6. PROPOSALS FOR CONSIDERATION:- 
(A) Lower Division Clerks:- 
(i)      In the Administrative cadre of AIR and Doordarshan,   the post  LDC is an entry level post (100 % Direct) in the pay band of Rs. 5200-20200/- with Grade Pay of Rs.1900/- and the  next post in the higher grade is UDC in the same pay band  but with the Grade Pay of Rs.2400/-. There are 3197 sanctioned posts of LDC in the entry grade  as against the higher post of 2222  in UDC grade.

(ii)     As per the Recruitment Rules, the post of UDC is to be filled up 80% by promotion and 20% through Departmental Competitive Examination.  The eligibility for appearing in the DE is five years regular service in the feeder cadre i.e. LDC.

(iii)     There is acute stagnation in the grade of LDC  as would be seen from the Seniority lists (Annexure-I to    ) In  the  LDC grade there are 1741 officials and all have completed more than 20 years  of service as on date as against the existing eligibility criteria of 5 years regular service .  This means that these officials have rendered for than 3-4 times of eligibility service.  These officials have, however got ACP/MACP and thus got the financial up-gradation.

(B)   Upper Division Clerk:- 
(i)      Similarly in the grade of UDC  most of the  officials have completed more than 15 years  of service as against the eligibility condition of  8 years  regular service in the grade of LDC. It means that they have also rendered about 2- to 3 times of service against the eligibility requirements for promotion to the post of Head Clerk/
Asstt.  In the Administrative cadre of AIR and Doordarshan, the post  UDC is promotional post in the pay band of Rs. 5200-20200/- with grade pay of Rs. 2400/-( 80% promotion and 20% Deptt. Exam.) The next post in the higher grade is Head Clerk/Assttt  in the  pay band of Rs. 9300-34800/- with Grade Pay of Rs. 4200/-. There are 2222 sanctioned posts of UDC   as against the higher post of 629  in  Head Clerk/ASStt  grade.
  (ii)     As per the Recruitment Rules, the post of  Head Clerk/Asstt  is to be filled up 60% by promotion,  20% through Departmental Competitive Examination and 20% Direct Recruitment .  The eligibility for appearing in the DE is five years regular service in the feeder cadre i.e. UDC 


(iii)     There is acute stagnation in the grade of UDC  as would be seen from the Seniority lists (Annexure-I to    ) In  the  UDC grade there are 1953 officials and all have completed more than 15-to  20 years  of service as on date as against the existing eligibility criteria of 5 years regular service. This means that these officials have rendered for than 3-4 times of eligibility service. These officials have, however got ACP/MACP and thus got the financial up-gradation.

 while visualizing the restructure   of  Administrative  cadre of All India Radio & Doordarshan  an approach vastly different to that of other government Departments should be adopted. The Cadre Review Committee has to study the structure and evaluate the working of the Administrative Cadre of AIR and Doordarshan from a different   perspective and angle as compared to  the  working of other Central Government Department.

Apart of the General and Personnel administration, in financial Management entire accounting functions are done by the administrative employees.  Keeping a watch over the payments to see whether the expenditure and payments are made according to rules and Ministries/Prasar Bharati Secretariat’s/Directorate’s instructions, accounting them and sending periodical returns to PAO, Prasar Bharati Secretariat & Directorate etc. , are done by the administrative employees.

         In view of the above facts,  the  LDCs and UDCs  who has been stagnating for more than 12 years  as done in the case of Pragramme Cadre needs  to be granted in-situ promotion immediately .                                                                    
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