The Delhi High Court on Friday commenced hearing of a petition challenging the decision of Prasar Bharati de-recognizing all associations of employees, rejecting a plea by counsel for the pubcaster seeking dismissal of the plea. The hearing will continue on 26 September when counsel for the associations as well as those of Prasar Bharati will present their arguments. Until now, nine associations of employees were formally recognised by the management and the I & B Ministry which has been talking to their representatives on various issues. However, an order issued on 8 September said no association of employees of the podcaster is recognised and, therefore, no employee can be given preferential treatment. It further said all employees are to be treated in a fair and transparent manner and nullified an earlier order issued by Director General of All India Radio on 18 December 2008. The staff of All India Radio and Doordarshan protested against this move and observed a day-long dharna from 10 am to 5 pm without disrupting work on 21 September.
Source: India Television.com