|DG (AIR) appreciates ARTEE website:
We realize that proper and fast communication is the main mantra for the
success of any welfare association in general, and employees association
in particular in the era of Information Technology revolution. Informing
and educating members instantly, about the latest developments in the
field of their interest, is one of the most important responsibilities
of the leadership. Further, as we are representing the engineering cadres,
we should be the first to utilize the benefits of technology towards the
benefit of Association and for the welfare of our members. Taking this
into account, we have started updating our web-site (www.arteeindia.org
with latest information on the developments (especially in the interest
of our members) in the Department and the activities of the Association.
We are receiving appreciation from all corners and the latest is the wholehearted
appreciation from the Director General, Sh.Brijeshwar Singh of All India
Radio. Sh. Ashwini Dagar deserves full appreciation for maintaining the
IIS should keep quite or Else
Personnel of Indian Information Services were known as blue-eyed boys
as they are the voice of the Government departments. But after the launch
of DD news, it has been discovered that these employees are not
capable to run the show. Accordingly they were shunted out or cornered
to make way for the so-called outside talents. These staff members were
compelled to react against this step motherly attitude. As a show of
protest they made a sit in Dharna outside the office of the Secretary
I & B. The Principle Information Officer (PIO) Govt. of India, the
highest post for IIS, thought it wise to show solidarity with his fraternity.
(We wish we had such employee friendly officials in engineering fraternity).
But the Secretary took it otherwise and started punishing the IIS brethren.
Result-the PIO has been shifted out of the Ministry and authorities
contemplated severe action against a number of others. That's where
NFADE intervened and sent in a strongly worded letter to the ministry
against this harassment. This compelled the authorities not to go ahead
with the punishments. Now it is heard that authorities had issued memos
to 5 members. We stand for the democratic rights of the working community
and staging a peaceful Dharna is very much within these rights. NFADE
plans to take up this issue further.
Felicitation to Senior Leaders: Sh. J. M. Nangia, our veteran
leader has superannuated in the month of April 2004. As a token of thanks-giving
for all their services to the Association, Central Executive of ARTEE
felicitated him on 16-07-2004. We wish him a very happy and happening
Member Personnel Joins Prasar Bharati: We extend a warm welcome
to Sh. K.P.S. Lamba on his taking over the charge of Member (Personnel).
It is for the first time, after the inception of Prasar Bharati, that
someone is appointed on the post. ARTEE hopes that staff matters will
be taken up on priority now.
Harassment in the O/O CE (NZ): Officiating CE (DDM) and DE (AVM)
of CE (NZ) perhaps think that HRD means Human-resource Ruining Department
and they seem to be making research on this issue. Every transfer order
issued by these officials shows their eagerness for further research.
DE (AVM) has become so adept at these practices during the last 3-4
years that he seems to have taken things fully in his hands. So much
so that at times it appears that the incumbent CE (AVM) is not even
consulted before going ahead with transfers etc. We fail to understand
why a heartless fellow is kept on a crucial post, which requires broad
understanding of human nature/ behavior and an empathetic attitude towards
the staff. We have received complaints from number of people who come
to meet the officials from far off places with requests for transfers/
postings, but Mr. Saxena not only refuses to meet them but also misbehaves
with them. Once again it is being proved that it is difficult for an
Engineering officer to become a good administrator but very easy to
become a humiliator. We demand that zonal office must see some officials
who believe in maintaining good relations with the staff for optimum
support and output.
The bifurcation of North-East Zone and East Zone is a reality now. As
everybody knows it was a political decision and the preparations for
the same were taking place since long time. But the unfortunate part
of this bifurcation is that none of the administrative and HRD expert
Engineering Officers in the AIR Directorate could foresee the staff
problems in the affected zones. Personnel working in the North-East
Zone who opted for East Zone are in a state of shock. The result is
a large number of SEA, EA and Sr. Techs are trapped in NE Zone even
after completing three or four years in place of two-year tenure. After
strong demand, transfer orders for some of them have been issued. Immediately
after taking charge we gave a serious thought to the issue and gave
a set of suggestions to the Directorate to ease out the problems arising
out of bifurcation. Accordingly we demanded to physically bring all
the engineering staff who opted for East Zone to their mother zone and
to find out some ways to minimize the stagnation in East Zone and also
to take care of the stations in North-East Zone. But unfortunately authorities
seem to be too preoccupied to give a thought to such a serious crisis
situation faced by our staff members. But we plan to redouble our efforts
towards settling the issue amicably. As we know that since the bifurcation
of East Zone and NE zone, few serious issues have surfaced like;
(i). Stagnation of Promotion in the cadre of SEA and Sr. Tech.
as a result of surplus deployment in East Zone.
(ii). A good number of EAs, SEAs are not able to come back to
their choice place even after completion of tenure in North-East region.
(iii). Even after bifurcation of zones for more than a year,
project works are still being pursued and controlled by O/O CE (EZ).
In this connection there were few meetings at the Directorate level
among the officials of zonal offices. The latest meeting took place
on 06-07-2004 to presumably to thrash out these issues. Association
was not called for this meeting, we have not yet been informed about
the outcome of the meeting.
West Zone Committee on wheels:
The West Zone committee under the leadership of Sh. Milind Joshi had
a hectic schedule in visiting various places in the zone. In the first
phase the team visited Satna, Rewa, Jabalpur, Khandwa, Bhusawal and
Jalgaon. The units at Satna and Rewa were rejuvenated. Members from
various stations under DMC Sagar and Chhattarpur also attended the meeting
at Rewa. Members from LPT Burhanpur and Kukshi attended the meeting
held at Khandwa. Members had detailed interaction with the team. Team
met the officers in various stations to discuss and solve various local
issues. Sh. L. B. Patil (AGS-AIR), Sh. A. K. Jain (AGS-TV) and Sh. M.
A. Tanasha (JS) accompanied VP (WZ).
In the second phase, the team visited
marathwada region. The meeting at Aurangabad was attended by members
from Jalna also. Further they visited Ambajogai, Beed, Ahmed Nagar and
Pune. All the issues including RR,
Various facilities, Court cases, Transfer Policy, Notional fixation,
local matters were discussed in detail and had meeting with the Head
of offices in various stations. VP (WZ) was accompanied by Sh L.B. Patil
(AGS), Sh. Deepak (JS- Tech/Sr.Tech), Sh. N .L. Deshmukh (Org. Secretary)
and Sh. Rewatkar (State Secretary-MS).
As everybody is aware, Prasar Bharati, in March and June 2002, had notified
the Recruitment Rules for some of the Engineering cadres. These recruitment
rules (especially for cadres from Helper to AE) are against the interests
of the cadres as pay scales of all cadres were downgraded, entry-level
qualification for Technician was made as 2 year Diploma in Electronics
& Telecommunication (which does not exist), etc. After the strong
protest from the Association, especially in the common platform of JFADEE,
the CEO agreed to constitute a Committee under the chairmanship of E-in-C
(AIR) with the representatives of the Associations as members, to review
the recruitment rules notified or to be notified. Even though the committee
had some meetings in 2002, no meetings took place after April 2003.
Immediately after taking charge we took
up this matter with CEO and accordingly the committee had started its
activities. As we have published in our website, Chairman of the Committee
has given two proposals (inputs) in September and October 2003 to the
Associations and we were asked to send in our suggestions. Accordingly
we submitted our proposal, after studying the various aspects as well
as the pros and cons.
As it is clear from the proposal, we have
concentrated especially on some pivotal and vital aspects:
1. The RR notified, by Prasar Bharati, in 2002 was based on Vth Central
Pay Commission (CPC) report. The IVth & Vth Pay Commissions defined
pay scales of Professional cadres on the basis of entry qualification
(accordingly we were compelled to fight for the scales again from 1997
to 1999). Further, we have an example of JTO of BSNL (DOT) who have
got their entry qualification changed as Degree in Engineering (for
direct recruits) with the up-gradation of their pay scales prior to
IVth CPC. As a result their payscales are left untouched by the Vth
pay commission, while down grading our scales.
Taking cue from these points, we have
demanded the enhancement of qualification for all the entry-level cadres
(and thereby protecting the scales from future onslaught of pay commissions).
We have demanded that entry of Engineering cadre in PB should start
from ITI qualification in the light of change in technologies as well
as the policy decision of the govt. not to fill up group-IV posts. As
per the `saving clause' of DOP&T, all the incumbents should be considered
as having higher qualification so that there is no break in the existing
chain of cadres. We have demanded that there should not be any departmental
examination and the promotions should be through seniority-cum-fitness
with the increased quota of minimum 50% for departmental promotions.
We also suggested the merger of intermediate
cadres of Sr. Tech, SEA and ASE with their immediate higher cadres.
The cadres of Sr. Tech and SEA were created by the demand of this Association
when there were practically no (or very lass) promotions in the department.
But these cadres should be merged with EA, AE and SE respectively in
the changed scenario. We demanded to re-designate our cadres like Assistant,
Broadcasting Technician, Broadcasting Engineer, Assistant Manager, and
Deputy Director/Manager etc.
We have emphasized on the time scales
for every seven years of service. We know that any RR without time Scales
will not make any major difference especially in the situations of practical
stagnation in promotion of our cadres. So we cannot accept any proposals
without time scale. Our concept is; A person joining as Assistant (or
Broadcasting Assistant) should get the scale of AE (or AM), Br. Technician
should get the scale of SE and Br. Engineer should get the scale of
Sg. Engineer (DE) at the minimum of three Time scales.
As the RR notified in 2002 has shown the
Central DA (CDA) scales. Following CDA scales instead of Industrial
DA (IDA) may help in case another pay commission comes in between or
immediately after finalisation of our Recruitment Rules (RR). Further
it is very clear that whenever converting from CDA to IDA scale we will
get the corresponding scales. Senior leaders of unions of BSNL etc were
also of the viewpoint that it will be safe and better if we stick to
CDA scales up to the maximum possible time.
We have got consensus on this proposal
with ADTEA and they also submitted the same proposal. In the meeting
held on 06th January 2004, Chairman agreed to accept our proposal as
the basis for further discussion and even agreed in principle for Rs.4000-6000
scale for Helper by enhancing the qualification as ITI for the future
No meeting could take place for a long
time inspite of repeated demands from Associations. Meanwhile the office
side had released a number of proposals. In the meeting held on 02-06-2004,
the office side tabled another proposal dated 28-05-2004 with the introduction
of some new cadres, retaining all the existing cadres. JFADE was asked
to give a feedback on this proposal. In the meantime proposals for Programme
and Administrative cadres were circulated amongst the respective Associations.
In the light of these proposals, we've decided to stick to our proposal,
and in the meeting held on 13-07-2004, Chairman (RR Committee) has agreed
in principle to reconsider the merger of some of the intermediate cadres
(Sr. Tech., SEA and ASE) and protecting the scales of our cadres by
enhancing qualification for future intakes, changing of designation
Modification of Recruitment Rules of Technician: ARTEE requested
the CEO for De-notification of the already notified Recruitment Rules,
because of some glaring discrepancies. CEO assured that necessary amendments
to these rules will be made as per the recommendations of the RR review
committee. Further, the absurdity in the Recruitment qualification of
Technicians was brought to the notice of the CEO. Considering the
urgency CEO directed that a proposal may be submitted, for approval
in the next meeting of the Prasar Bharati Board, that the diploma may
be read as 'Two Year Trade Certificate', so that recruitment of Technicians
can be initiated without waiting for amendment in the RR. The proposal
has since been approved in the PB board meeting on 18th December 2003.Accordingly
the order for the same has also been issued. This is the possible temporary
arrangement without going through the formalities of gazette notification.
For the time being it is at least assured
that 2 year ITI Certificate holder will continue to be considered for
the posts of Technician.
Meeting with CEO on 19th July: ARTEE had a meeting with the
CEO on 19th July. 'Problems of J&K' was the only issue that could
be discussed in the two hour meeting, but CEO has assured of another
meeting very soon to discuss remaining issues. In the meeting, a number
of alternatives were discussed to come out of the HQ shifting imbroglio.
No final decision could be arrived at.