Thursday, June 30, 2011


Saturday, June 25, 2011


The group of ministers on Prasar Bharati has decided that the government will pay for the capital expenditure, infrastructure and salaries of employees amounting to about 60% of the organisation's expenditure for a five-year period. This is expected to help pull the pubcaster out of the red and get it back on its feet. The national broadcaster will have to foot the Bill for operational and production costs. The decision was taken by the GoM headed by home minister Shri P. Chidambaram on Thursday.

The GoM had earlier decided to bring down the maximum age for Prasar Bharati board members from 60 to 55 years. Appointees to the position of board chairman, CEO and permanent members will have to be below the age of 55 years.

Thursday, June 23, 2011



Government of India

Ministry of Information & Broadcasting

‘A’ Wing, Shastri Bhawan, New Delhi

Dated: 05.04.2011


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

Bhawan, New Delhi.

Yours faithfully,

For (S.P. Bhattarya)

Under Secretary & CPIO

2338 4754

Copy to:

S.O(IFC), w..r.t.letter no.1/195/2011-IC dated 22.3.2011

Friday, June 10, 2011


Aiming to generate R1,500 crore in revenues for the first time in two decades so as to become financially independent, public broadcaster Prasar Bharati is opening up new revenue streams. The Prasar Bharati board has now decided to allow private media companies to advertise on Doordarshan’s network of 21 channels. The move is expected to generate around R60 crore additional revenue this fiscal, and is estimated to cross R100 crore by next year. It has also endorsed auctioning of around 180 slots for TV channels on its DTH service — DD Direct Plus — which is expected to generate around R400 crore in additional revenue, up tenfold from the 2009-10 fiscal. FE was first to report this last month. Prasar Bharati's radio arm, All India Radio (AIR), is also being spruced up with plans to launch over 200 AIR FM stations to tap local advertisers.

Source: Financial Express

Thursday, June 2, 2011



The Group of Ministers on Prasar Bharati, chaired by Home Minister P Chidambaram, met on Wednesday (01-06-2011) and discussed amending the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act, 1990. The focus is on amending the rules regarding removal of its CEO, members and other officials.

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.