CAT hits pause on AIR move to recruit RJs
The presenters’ body had also alleged that there was already a large number of RJs engaged on contract by AIR FM and that “both the FM channels of Delhi station were crammed”. The application had also pleaded that it had “become impossible” to assign a fair share of duties to the existing presenters and objected to the proposal of hiring fresh presenters.
The AIR was scheduled to conduct auditions to hire RJs from January 28.
The AIRBA in its application before the CAT had pleaded that “the inaction” of the government “in formulating any policy regarding the strength of RJ Presenters and their service conditions and at the same time initiating the process of inducting fresh RJ presenters” was “arbitrary, illegal, unjust and unconstitutional”.
The AIRBA had approached the CAT after the Ministry of I&B, Prasar Bharti and the All India Radio failed to respond to repeated requests by presenters to fix sanctioned strength of employees or address representations submitted over the past three years regarding fixing of duty charts, payment of arrears and other service conditions.
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