GoM on Prasar Bharati

Second meeting of the Hon’ble GoM on Prasar Bharati was held on 17/6/2010, under the chairmanship of Sh. P.Chidambaram, Hon’ble Minister for Home Affairs. Hon’ble Ministers; Smt.Ambika Soni, Sh.S.Jaipal Reddy, Sh. M.Veerappa Moily, Sh. Salman Khurshid, Sh.Prithvi Raj Chouhan & Sh.Namo Narain Meena attended the meeting.

It is learnt that the Hon’ble GoM took the following decisions:

Recruitment Regulations and Service Conditions for all categories of employees and proposal for constitution of the Recruitment Boards will be finalized and placed for the consideration of the Prasar Bharati Board latest by July 31,2010. The Prasar Bharati Board will take a decision on these proposals by August 31,2010.

Prasar Bharati would submit a proposal for filling up essential categories of posts to the Department of Expenditure giving full justification by 9th July 2010. The Department of Expenditure would then process the case in accordance with the decision of the GoM by 23rd July 2010. – it may be noted that Hon’ble GoM, in the meeting held on 16/4/2010, decided that such recruitment will be based on the report of the National Productivity Council (which proposed a very drastic cut on the existing employees)

A committee of four Joint Secretaries (one each from Ministry of Finance, Ministry of Personal, Ministry of I&B and Ministry of Law & Justice) will look into the issues relating to the disparity in pay scales and other related issues for categories of employees that are exclusive to the Ministry of I&B/ Prasar Bharati, arising out of the upgraded pay scales granted to eleven categories of employees of Prasar Bharati as per the decision taken in 1999.

The issues relating to disparities in pay scales of common administrative categories of employees like LDCs, UDCs and other ministerial cadres will not be considered by the committee, as this would have wide ranging implications.

Regarding the Parliamentary Committee on PB and the Broadcasting Council etc the GoM decided that since no substantive amendments have been made in PB Act, Ministry of I&B should have a comprehensive look at the provisions of the PB Act and recommend such amendments as are required to be made in the Act in the developments of last twenty years, subsequent to Shunusen Committee report. These proposals would be finalized by the Ministry of I&B by 30th September 2010 and placed before the GoM.

It is understood that a Cabinet note will be prepared by the Ministry of I&B on the recommendations of the GOM including the timelines as stipulated for action.