Prasar out of tune: 100 stations run without directors

New Delhi, Nov 13 | Updated: Nov 14 2005, 05:30am hrs
Almost 100 All India Radio (AIR) stations are currently running without a station director even as over 200 eligible AIR officials await promotions because of non-existent recruitment and promotion policies. While ministry of information and broadcasting continues to fund Prasar Bharti, it has no role in matters related to promotions and recruitment, sources said.

In the programme cadre, the recruitment process stopped in 1991 once the Prasar Bharti Act was formulated. There have not been any recruitments or promotions since then.

There are 219 AIR stations in India out of which over 100 are run by lower grade employees, who also look after administration. Because there are no clear guidelines for recruitment and promotions, we are serving at lower ranks and we are not motivated to work now, said an official who has been on the same post for 20 years.

In all, there are about 52,000 employees on the rolls, of which almost 3,000 employees are retiring each year only to be hired again. Because of this, we have 70-year-olds working in newsrooms of AIR on late night shifts. Some of them cannot walk properly, sources added.

The programme staff association of AIR and DD says the matter is lined up for hearing in Supreme Court but since Prasar Bharti is not interested, it keeps taking time from the court.