DG (AIR) constituted
a sub-committee on 24-08-2004 under the chairmanship of Dr. V.K. Singh,
CE(D), AIR to discuss the issues relating to implementation of DoPT's
instructions to the staff posted at Radio Stations and Doordarshan Centres
in Kashmir Valley keeping in mind the peculiar working conditions in
manning the Broadcasting centres in the valley.
of the Sub-Committee is as follows:
Representative of ARTEE
The first meeting
of the Sub-Committee was held on 26-08-2004 under the Chairmanship of
Dr. V.K. Singh. Following members attended the meeting.
Sh. N.S. Ganeshan,
CE(Doordarshan) and Sh. G.G. Saxena DDG(A), Doordarshan could not attend
Subsequent to the
above meeting, the representatives of ARTEE met the Chairman of the
Sub-Committee number of times and made some suggestions for giving some
relief to the staff working in confinement at stations in Kashmir Valley.
Based on the above, the sub-committee recommends as follows:
(A) For Officials posted from outside the Valley:
1. DoPT's instructions have to be implemented.
However, these need some modifications as to their application to the
broadcasting sector as enumerated in these recommendations. The tenure
of posting will be one year. For the staff posted in Srinagar valley,
the Headquarters will be Srinagar.
2. The difficulties experienced by the
staff in broadcasting sector posted in Kashmir valley due to continuous
confinement at respective stations were considered. It was unanimously
agreed that working under such conditions of confinement would badly
affect the psyche and morale of the staff that would in turn reflect
in their work and output. As such, in the interest of the organization,
it is essential to provide some relief in respect of confinement to
the staff posted in such conditions.
3. The sub-committee unanimously agreed
that in order to provide relief to such staff members, the official
concerned should perform one month's continuous duty at the stations
of posting and then has to be utilized at some other Kendra/ Station
for next one month to break the confinement. This cycle would be
repeated throughout the official's tenure at Srinagar.
There were lot of discussions on the place of duty where the staff should
be utilized during break in confincement from Kashmir Valley. Initially,
in the meeting held on 26-08-2004, the Association sought some more time
for indicating an acceptable procedure to be followed in this regard.
Now the Association has given their opinion and had suggested that one
of the following alternatives may be followed for utilizing the officials
on tour from Kashmir valley:
a. Place of earlier posting.
b. Home town or a station/ Kendra nearest
to his/her home town (if there is no Station/Kendra at the home town).
c. Place where his/her family is staying
and for which second HRA is being claimed by the official (or the nearest
Station/ Kendra, in case of no Station/ Kendra at such a place).
d. Any other Station/ Kendra of his/her
once exercised by the official will be applicable for his/her entire
tenure in the valley. No subsequent change would be permitted.
4. The tour from Kashmir valley to the
Station/ Kendra opted by the official would be controlled by the Head
of Office of the Station/ Kendra and would be covered under the existing
Government rules on the subject.
5. As per DoPT's norms, secured accommodation
has to be provided to all the officials posted to Srinagar from outside.
Accomodation with DDK Srinagar is already available in TRC, but as enough
suitable accommodation is not available with Radio Kashmir, Srinagar,
the proposal from Radio Kashmir Srinagar, for providing accommodation
in porta-cabin, at a capital expenditure of Rs. 100 lakhs, may be accepted.
Additional. Additional funds for the above would need to be provided.
In addition, Radio Kashmir, Srinagar may also explore hiring the rooms
in TR, Srinagar. (Note: Association has strongly objected to this proposal
of erecting porta-cabins at the costs of 100 lakhs, and our objection
has now been sustained)
(B) For Migrants:
6. The Number of migrants who have shifted
their family to Jammu or to any other station near Delhi on or before
the date stipulated in DoPT's norms should be identified immediately
and corresponding number of posts would need to be shifted to Jammu.
Such migrant officials would be posted at Jammu and would be sent on
tour to Srinagar and other Station in the valley, as per the requirement
of these stations, as provided in the DoPT's norms.
(C) For Local
7. DoPT's instructions on the subject
relating to facilities to be provided to the local officials while performing
duties in the valley should be followed.
8. All the incentives would be applicable
to the officials posted in Kashmir valley that comprises of six districts,
namely, Anantnag, Baramulla, Budgam, Kupwara, Pulwama and Srinagar as
clarified vide DoPT's U.O No. 18016/2/2002-Estt (L) dated 9th July 2002.