RETROSPECTION INTO THE REVISION OF PAY SCALES OF TECHNICIANS & SR.
TECHNICIANS OF AIR & DD
BHARATI CREATES 2 MORE ZONES
Prasar Bharati, vide a notification dated 09.11.12 has created two
more Zones from the present North Zone & West Zone making it total
7 Zones in the name of administrative convenience and effective
running of AIR & DD. It is intended to put administrative control
of the Zones in the hand of ADG (Programme & Administration) newly
created at Zonal headquarters by surrendering one post of
ADG(E)(Maintenance) at each of 5 zones. Prasar Bharati has not yet
come with the modus operandi of this bifurcation /readjustment.
We may only hope that the travail sufferred by the subordinate
engineering class in the past in the bifurcation of East Zone is not
REVIVES 3452 POSTS OF ESSENTIAL CATEGORIES & APPROVES
APPOINTMENTS TO 1150 POSTS
Ministry of I&B, vide a notification dated 12.10.12 has
informed the sanction of MOF(DOE) on the revival/ filling up of 3452
posts of essential categories in PB (these posts were approved by the
Group of Ministers in 2011) out of which 1150 posts, including 620
posts of Engineering categories ( JTS-120, EA-400 & Tech-100), are
to be filled up immediately and the MOF(DOE) is to be approached in
May, 2013 for their approval for filling up of rest of 2302 posts.
Though a welcome move for the staff starved Prasar Bharati and the
unemployed citizens of this country, it is matter of great concern
that the Prasar Bharati could not formulate its own Recruitment Rules
& Service Conditions till the date on which the new recruitments
are to be made. Prasar Bharati came into being as long back as on
(Ministry of I&B
notification dated 12.10.12)
CABINET APPROVES FINANCIAL
OF PRASAR BHARATI
approved the proposal of the Ministry of I&B for financial
restructuring of Prasar Bharati. The proposal is based on the
recommendations of the Group of Ministers (GoM) on Prasar Bharati ,
constituted under the chairmanship of the Home Minister, to examine
various issues pertaining to the functioning of Prasar Bharati.
The Cabinet , inter alia, waived off a debt of over Rs 1,300
crore of the state broadcaster (Prasar Bharati) and approved for
bearing of 100% salaries and capital infrastructure costs by the
government to allow the broadcaster to foot its operational costs for
the smooth functioning. It
may be pointed out that apprehension of a section of employees of
Prasar Bharati that it would be a sick industry in near future
burdened by debt, is thus proved to be irrelevant. Prasar
Bharati which has dual significance as India's Public Service
Broadcaster and National Broadcaster can not be allowed to die
on the basis of the recommendations of the GoM, has given its approval
for the following in order to improve the overall financial management
of Prasar Bharati.
During the next five years from 2012-2013 to 2016-2017, Government
non- Plan support will be made available to Prasar Bharati for meeting
100 per cent expenses towards salary and salary related expenses. All
other operating expenses to be borne by Prasar bharati out of internal
Plan capital support by the Government to PB will be in the form of
grants-in-aid only and not in the form of loan.
Accumulated interest on loan-in-perpetuity, interest on capital loan
and penal interest thereon payable by PB to Government will be waived
Loan-in-perpetuity and capital loans provided to PB will be converted
Accumulated arrears of space segment and spectrum charges accrued to
PB upto 31.3.2011 of Rs. 1349.54 crore, to be waived off.
Property and Assets will be transferred on book value to PB as per
provisions of Section 16(a) of the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990. Normal
accounting principles will be followed to determine their future
value; and accounts.
UPDATE OF ACP CASE AT PATNA
Contempt Application CCPA No.22/2011 filed
in CAT, Patna Bench against non-implementation
of order of the CAT in ACP case has been disposed of
by Hon'ble CAT by the order dated 23.05.2012 with following observations and directions,
(a) That the Government has granted the benefit of the ACP scheme
to the petitioners quite erroneously by misinterpretting and going
through literal meaning of the words in para-9 of the order dated
07.09.2009 of the CAT
(b)That it was beyond their purview in a contempt proceeding to go into the
claims if there is a dispute or doubt in regard to the scope of an
order and the consequential entitlement of benefits. This will
legitimately be the subject matter of a separate proceeding in a fresh
OA if filed by the petitioners.
That therefore, the petitioners may represent to the respondents
afresh for grant of the benefits of the ACP scheme as per law,
clarifications of DOP&T dated 10.02.2000 and the direction set out
in the order dated 07.09.2009 of CAT and the order dated 25.08.2010 of
That if any representation is filed by the petitioners, the
respondents should go by the letter
and spirit of the entire order of this tribunal in the OA as well as
the order of Hon'ble High Court in CWJC instead of being circumscribed
limited by para-9 of the order
in the OA.
That the petitioners may prefer filing of a fresh OA before the
Tribunal for correct implementation of ACP scheme. Please
read here all about
CASE of ACP SCHEME (Click).
Judgment dated 23.05.2012 of
in Contempt Case No.
(2). The Petitioners have challenged the decision of the
Tribunal dated 23.05.2012 in CCPA No.22/2011 by filing a Writ Petition
in Patna High Court.
The Government has meanwhile filed a Review (Civil) Petition No. 141of 2012 in Patna
High Court for review of its earlier judgment dated 25.08.2010 in CWJC
No. 6451 of 2010 (arising out
of OA No. 514/2002) with a request to quash the original judgment of
Patna, CAT dated 07.09.2009
in OA No. 514/2002. This is in spite of
the fact that the judgment dated 07.09.2009 of Hon'ble CAT, Patna has
already been upheld by
Hon'ble Patna High Court and Hon'ble Supreme Court of India giving finality to the case.