Par panel pulls up Prasar Bharti over not conforming to PB Act

A Parliamentary panel pulled up Prasar Bharti for non-implementation of the Prasar Bharti Act with regard to recruitment regulations and service conditions of its employees.

Updated: Dec 11, 2010, 00:52 AM IST

New Delhi: A Parliamentary panel today
pulled up Prasar Bharti for non-implementation of the Prasar
Bharti Act with regard to recruitment regulations and service
conditions of its employees and strongly recommended steps to
take care of their promotional prospects.

"The Committee observes that the main cause of
apprehension in the mind of employees is the uncertainty about
their recruitment regulations and service conditions," the
Parliamentary Committee on Information Technology said in its
report on the Prasar Bharati Amendment Bill 2010.

The Committee also recommended a comprehensive review of
the Prasar Bharati Act without any further delay.

The Bill to address the status of all employees working
on "deemed deputation" in Prasar Bharati was introduced in the
Rajya Sabha in August.

The Committee remarked that had the recruitment
regulations been finalised before bringing the legislation to
Parliament the concerns of the employees could have been
addressed to some extent.

"The Committee place on record their unhappiness over the
action on the part of Prasar Bharati in implementing the
Prasar Bharati Act," the report said.

It noted that treating the officers and employees
recruited by Prasar Bharati differentially as provided in the
legislation is fraught with legal complications and cautioned
the ministry to look into the legal implications carefully so
as to avoid court cases in the future.

It also asked Prasar Bharati to set up Recruitment Boards
and finalise recruitment regulations and service conditions of
employees of the broadcaster without any delay.

The Committee also made a strong recommendation to
regularise the services of work-charged employees engaged by
the Civil Construction Wing of All India Radio who do not find
any place in the amendment bill, after adjusting them against
the existing vacancies.

It asked the Prasar Bharti to increase its revenue
substantially by taking the benefit of its wider coverage in
the country.

-PTI