Thursday, July 22, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
The Centre’s proposal to induct film-maker Shyam Benegal in the board of directors at Prasar Bharati has been struck down by the parliament committee. The reasons — Benegal is a member of parliament in the Rajya Sabha and hence cannot hold any office of profit. Prasar Bharati is a government of India owned corporation registered under the companies act. The new board of directors for Prasar Bharati had nominated Benegal’s name to appoint him as a member. The ministry of information and broadcasting conveyed the decision to him. But, before making the decision, the director referred the matter to the chairman of the Rajya Sabha, Hamid Ansari, for his permission. The question being debated was whether a Rajya Sabha member, who was a presidential nominee, could hold a private office. The ministry of parliament affairs and ministry of information and broadcasting found nothing wrong in an eminent director playing a significant role as a board member in Prasar Bharati. But the parliament committee on offices of profit, under the chairmanship of Revati Raman Singh, believed otherwise. The committee felt if Benegal was allowed to take up the role in Prasar Bharati, he would have to relinquish his charge as MP. The argument given was that as a board of director of Prasar Bharati, he would have voting rights on all policies and financial decisions of the board. As per the provisions, he would draw Rs2,000 per meeting, but an MP is entitled to Rs1,000 for any committee meeting. Earlier in the year, journalist and author Mrinal Pande was named the new chairperson of Prasar Bharti. Along with Benegal, journalist Suman Dubey and film-maker Muzaffar Ali had been also been appointed on the board.
Thursday, July 15, 2010
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Thursday, July 8, 2010
Monday, July 5, 2010
The agenda note was considered in the light of the representations from employee organizations like NFADE, ADASA, Doordarshan Core Professionals representing Cameramen and other categories of employees. After due deliberations it was decided that a Committee of four Joint Secretaries, one each from the Finance Ministry (Department of Expenditure), Ministry of Personal (Department of Personal & Training), Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and the Ministry of Law & Justice (Department of Legal Affairs) may be constituted to look into the specific issues relating to disparity in pay scales and other related issues for categories of employees that are exclusive to the Ministry of I&B, Prasar Bharati, ansing out of upgraded pay scales granted to eleven categories of employees of Prasar Bharati as per the decision taken in 1998. The committee shall submit its report by 31st August 2010.
The issues relating to disparities in pay scales of common administrative categories of employees like LDCs, UDCs and other ministerial cadres would not be considered by the Committee, as this would have wide ranging implications. :(
On the demand of NFADE to repeal the Prasar Bharati Act, the GOM strongly felt that such a demand not fall within the purview of the mandate given to GOM.
It was decided that the Recruitment Regulations and service conditions for all categories of employees and the proposal for constitution of the Recruitment Boards will be finalized and placed for the consideration of the Prasar Bharati Board latest by 31, 2010. The Prasar Bharati Board will take a decision on these proposals by August 31, 2010.
Action taken on the minutes of the first meeting of GOM held on 16.04.2010 was then taken up for review and the following decisions were taken.