In CPC/ DDK Delhi there are more casual and retired persons than permanent employees in a shift. There are casual producers, casual production assistants, casual news editors, casual video editors, casual cameraman, casual personal assistant, casual clerks, casual script writers, casual C G operators, casual resource persons, casual directors, casual anchors, casual news readers, casual announcers, casual voice-over artists, consultants, computer experts, casual water man and so on. DD has become a safe training school where you get free training and free access to any costly equipment, with monthly stipend ranging from Rs 4000 to 40000 and more. So many categories of casuals but no rule and regulation to appoint them or hire them. It is the sole discretion of the concerned official. While all the private channels hire people with experience and requisite qualification, DD in general hires them depending upon the nearness or any other beneficial link with the concerned official. The untrained persons join DD, gain enough of experience on the costly equipment, handling the machines in their own way, and then switch over to some private channel. Some enterprising ones keep working with DD as well as with the private channel. The bitter truth is, that very person who tries to perform his best during his assignment with the private channel, he'll do nothing like that in DD, because he knows he has a guarantee of getting his payments. Some of the casual newsreaders/ announcers are granted assignments in AIR as well. For example, some of the newsreaders grabbing assignments in AIR and DD are earning more than 60,000 rupees a month ! Highest official in our department the CEO is earning much less. Is it not a drain on our resources?
High Tech use of Toilets
Autonomy: DD Style
The mool mantra to create Prasar Bharati, was autonomy to this media. To what extent it succeeded is a moot question. But we can say for sure that our bosses have gained enough of autonomy as far as purchase of equipment is concerned. Now they don't need to ascertain the need/ requirement/ usability of the product being purchased. They just go for it on two counts first, in the name of 'digital technology' and second 'some friendly supplier have impressed them enough through their marketing skills. There is absolutely no accountability, no technical audit or no committee to look into these dealings. Nobody bothers to ascertain whether the existing equipment is really obsolete or not. To justify the new purchases old equipment is mercilessly being thrown out into any corridor. Indeed we too love to work on the high-tech gadgets, as some of them are really user friendly and easy to handle. But more important for us is to ascertain whether these gadgets are fitting into our DD scheme of things or not. In some cases the new equipment becomes obsolete with lightening speed.
Whom we are fooling?
And The Loot Continues..