Wednesday, March 30, 2011

PRASAR BHARATI EXPENDITURE 11.3337 BILLION

Prasar Bharati incurred an expenditure of Rs 11.3337 billion up to December 2010 towards salary and salary related establishment expenses. This is against the direct budgetary support of Rs 14.1235 billion from the government under the non-plan revenue. The current bill for the wages of 39,000 employees was approximately Rs 16 billion, but the pubcaster earned around Rs 10 billion. It also gets another Rs 15 billion from the government as annual grant, of which Rs 10 billion goes towards salaries. Tthe top posts are cleared by the Group of Ministers. A Parliamentary Committee had last year noted that there was a shortage of 44.8 per cent of the sanctioned strength in Group ‘A’ and about 40 per cent in Group ‘B’ in Doordarshan, and 58.8 per cent of the posts in Group ‘A’ were vacant in All India Radio. As many as 4629 posts in Doordarshan and 6433 posts in All India Radio remain unfilled.

It noticed that recruitment to the post of Programme Executives was last made 18 years earlier in 1991. The case is no different in various other categories of AIR and Doordarshan. It had noted that there were 105 SC/ST vacancies in Doordarshan and 289 in AIR, which was a ‘matter of serious concern and anxiety’ and should be rectified. Sources said it was clear that filling of these posts will mean further increase in salary-related expenses by the pubcaster. The sources expressed the hope that the new funding plan worked out by the Board of Prasar Bharati will help the pubcaster.

The Board had proposed that Government may meet 100 per cent to the expenses on salaries and allowances of the employees and 50 per cent of other operating expenses of Prasar Bharati. On its part, Prasar Bharati would meet 50 per cent of the remaining operating expenses and 100 per cent of the expenses for programming related work. This is being forwarded to Government for placement before the Group of Ministers for a final decision.

Souce: India Television

Thursday, March 24, 2011

REVISED DA (51%) ORDERS ISSUED


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Monday, March 21, 2011

NEW RECRUITMENT RULES WILL NOT BE APPLICABLE TO AIR & DD?

The administrative employees of AIR & Doordarshan were in the hopes of getting some benefit through new Recruitment Rules. Employees were expecting the change of designation and some hike in the pay scales through new Recruitment Rules. The new Recruitment Rules with change of designation and scales were prepared at Prasar Bharati but could not be considered saying that the employees are in the status of Government Servants and the present rules of DOPT are applicable to AIR & DD employees. If at all Prasar Bharati is formed full fledged, then the new Recruitment Rules will come into picture. But it is a surprise that some of the cadres working in All Indi Radio & Doordarshan were granted higher scales on the name of Prasar Bharati a long back. But when ever an issue of administrative staff comes, so many hurdles like cascading effect, DOPT rules will come into picture. It is also a surprise that the administrative association of AIR & DD is also not keen on the issue.

INCENTIVE SCHEME TO CG EMPLOYEES WILL BE ANNOUNCED SHORTLY

The government has finally decided to implement the Performance Related Incentive Scheme (PRIS) recommended by the Sixth Pay Commission for all Central government employees. An announcement is expected in the next couple of days. Those government employees who make the cut will start earning their incentives in 2012.

A Committee of Secretaries (COS) chaired by Cabinet Secretary K. M. Chandrasekhar approved the broad contours of the PRIS on March 8, and asked the Department of Expenditure and Performance Management Division, Cabinet Secretariat, to work out guidelines to implement the scheme. Members of the COS included Finance Secretary Sushma Nath, who was also member-secretary of the Commission.

Any department, to qualify for financial incentives, will have to get a performance rating of 70 per cent or more on its Results-Framework Document (RFD) and implement a bio-metric access control system in its offices. As suggested by the Commission, the incentives will be initially paid out of cost savings made by the department in that fiscal year and hence there will be no additional burden on the exchequer for implementing the PRIS. Initially, for every rupee saved by the department, it will allow to distribute up to 15 paisa depending on its performance.

The PRIS will cover all employees of the department. While incentives paid to the Secretaries will depend entirely on departmental performance reflected in the RFD, incentives paid to Joint Secretaries will depend on a weighted average of their division's performance and departmental performance. Incentives for junior employees will depend primarily on their individual performance.

However, all employees will need to go through a rigorous performance appraisal system consistent with the RFD evaluation methodology. Indeed, incentives will start rolling out only after a department has prepared two rounds of robust RFDs, so as to truly capture departmental performance. Given that 2010-11 was the first year for implementation of 12-month RFDs, performance incentives will be paid from 2012-13 to employees who make the cut.

The decision to implement the PRIS comes in the wake of the Prime Minister's Performance Monitoring and Evaluation System (PMES) for government departments that was approved in September 2009. Interestingly, of the departments that have gone through the exercise, there have been some notable exceptions including the Ministries of Home, Finance, Defence, External Affairs, and the Prime Minister's Office (PMO).

Source: The Hindu

Sunday, March 20, 2011

INTEREST ON EPF RAISED TO 9.5%

Saturday, March 19, 2011

PB BOARD DECISIONS ON 17TH MEETING

The Prasar Bharati board on Wednesday made several significant decisions including suggesting changes in the legislation governing the national broadcaster and creating a new funding pattern. The board has also suggested names for the position of director general of All India Radio and Doordarshan. In the wake of adverse remarks made by the CAG, CVC and Shunglu committee report on fixing accountability, the board has proposed extensive amendments to ensure that members including CEO can be sacked with greater ease compared to the current procedure that requires a presidential approval and a Supreme Court inquiry into the matter.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

PB WANTS GOVT TO MEET 50% OF ITS OPERATING EXPENSES



The Government should meet 50 per cent of the operating expenses of Prasar Bharati and the rest should be borne by the pubcaster. The pubcaster also wants the government to meet the entire expense on salaries and allowances of its employees. In a major decision taken by the Prasar Bharati Board in its meeting this morning, it was decided that the public service broadcaster will meet total expenses for programming related work.
The existing provision requires Prasar Bharati to generate at least 50 per cent of its operating expenses as commercial revenue. The Board, which is forwarding its decision to the Group of Ministers for a final decision felt that given the nature of the public broadcaster a more pragmatic and workable formula needs to be evolved.

The long-pending Recruitment Rules for 196 cadres of employees in Prasar Bharati were considered for forwarding to Government. Non-existence of these Rules ever since Prasar Bharati came into being in 1997 was a major reason for the huge backlog in filling up the vacancies and making vital appointments, something which has come under heavy criticism in Parliamentary Committees. The Board also proposed extensive amendments to the Prasar Bharati Act to be referred to Government for consideration. This was felt necessary specifically in the wake of the recent events when serious reservations and questions had been raised on propriety, accountability of Prasar Bharati by various bodies in Government and others.

The Board also interviewed candidates for the posts of Doordarshan Director General following repatriation of Aruna Sharma to her parent cadre, and All India Radio Director General as Noreen Naqvi is retiring. The short-listed names have been forwarded for a final selection to the Government to avoid a vacuum in administrative functioning. The Board also delegated the financial powers and broad-based the Empowered Committee on Finance with the co-option of the financial representatives of Doordarshan and All India Radio to improve the quality of decision making.

Saturday, March 12, 2011

HEALTH INSURANCE SCHEME FOR CG EMPLOYEES

Health Minister Ghulam Nabi Azad Friday said a health insurance scheme will be introduced for the central government employees. ‘The central government is contemplating introduction of a health insurance scheme for the central government employees and pensioners in consultation with other concerned ministries and departments,’ Azad told the Lok Sabha during question hour. ‘The proposal is to make this scheme on voluntary cum contributory basis for serving employees and pensioners except for new joinees in respect of whom it is proposed to be on mandatory cum contributory basis,’ the minister said. He, however, said that no time frame can be given for the introduction of the programme.

Thursday, March 3, 2011

DISPARITY OF PAY SCALES BEFORE GOM SHORTLY

The recommendations of a Committee of four joint secretaries on disparity in pay scales of Prasar Bharati employees is to be placed before the Group of Ministers dealing with the pubcaster for further recommendations and action. A proposal for amending the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act 1990 has also been formulated by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry for consideration of the GoM. The proposal was formulated after receipt of the report of the concerned Committee. The Committees for studying the amendments to the Act and the pay scale anomalies had been taken up by the GoM headed by P Chidambaram in June last year.


Tuesday, March 1, 2011

PATNA HIGH COURT ORDER ON ACPs OF SOME CADRES OF PRASAR BHARATI

EMPLOYEES BELOW 5 LACKS INCOME NEED NOT FILE TAX RETURN

New Delhi, Feb 28 (PTI) Salary earners having an income of less than Rs 5 lakhs will not have to file tax returns from this year, a finance ministry official said. "Salaried people, may be up to Rs 5 lakh...they need not file the (income tax) return," CBDT chairman Sudhir Chandra told reporters at the customary post-Budget press conference. The exemption from filing tax returns come into effect from the assessment year 2011-12. In case such a salary earner has income from other sources like dividend, interest etc. and does not want to file returns, he will have to disclose such income to his employer for tax deduction, Chandra said. The government, he said, is working out a scheme and will notify it "very soon".

The Form 16 issued to salaried employees will be treated as Income Tax Return, he added.