Mangaluru, Mar 21, 2018: The Association of Akashvani and Doordarshan Engineering Employees (AADEE), AIR & DD Engineering Employees (ADEA), AIR & DD Administrative Staff Association (ADASA), AIR & DD Group D Karmachari Association, Audience Research Employees Association (AREA), Civil Construction Wing Employees Union (CCWEU) and Akashvani Announcers Association (AAA) have made demands to set matters right.
Expressing shock over the spat between the I&B Ministry and Prasar Bharati on the issue of releasing salary to the employees of Akashvani and Doordarshan, several associations, as above, have given a media release jointly and informed that during 2003/04 the salaries were paid by the funds of GPF and pension contributions and now the situation is even worse.
Prasar Bharati has been doing it with the contingency fund. The press release also states that even though the AIR & DD installations are covered by the Official Secrets Act 1923; security has been withdrawn attracting the miscreants/naxalites/anti-national elements.
Problem at Prasar Bharti : There are cases of thefts in some stations already. The release says that on one hand Prasar Bharati says the department is overcrowded, no fresh appointments are being done but on the other hand, it is engaging Consultants and Advisors for huge emoluments and perks, who give zero output spending the tax payers’ money.
The associations have urged the government to take concrete steps to save the National Public Service Broadcaster, that is AIR & DD and its employees, as several decisions taken by Prasar Bharati are dangerous for both the organisation and its employees.