The Central government introduced Prasar Bharati Amendment Bill, 2010, in
Rajya Sabha on Tuesday, Aug 31.
The bill was introduced to give
effect to the recommendation of a Group of Ministers (GoM) that all
government officers and employees shall continue to serve in the public
broadcaster on 'deemed deputation' till the time of their retirement.
The employees working under deputation will get
all facilities at par with Central government employees. The legislation was
introduced in the House by Minister for Information and Broadcasting Ambika
Ambika Soni told that in the light of
government receiving several representations from Prasar Bharati employees
about their status in it, the ministry decided to amend the Prasar Bharati
Act 1990, as it did not have provisions to address these concerns.
The decision of the GoM had come as a relief to around 40,000 employees, who
have been working in Prasar Bharati on deemed deputation basis. They had
been seeking perks which are given to Central Government employees.
The GoM in its meeting on
April 16, 2010, had suggested that status quo be maintained on the status of
employees in Prasar Bharati belonging Indian Information Service and the
Central Secretariat Service and other cadres outside the cadre of
Doordarshan and All India Radio. It had further said that the ministry and
Prasar Bharati could jointly work out the number of deputation posts to be
manned by officers from IIS cadre.
"Since the recommendations of
the GoM will settle all long standing issues regarding status of employees
working in Prasar Bharati and empower the public broadcaster with all
disciplinary and supervisory powers, including the power to transfer, it has
become necessary to amend the Act," said Soni.
The Bill also provides
that persons recruited after Nov 23, 1997, which is the date on which the
Prasar Bharati was set up, and serving in it on the date of decision of the
Group of Ministers, Oct 5, 2007, will also be treated as on 'deemed
deputation' basis in the Prasar Bharati and enjoy all Central government
The GoM had said that employees
recruited from 6 October 2007 will also be deemed to be employees of the
Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) and subject to rules
drawn up by the Board of the public broadcaster.
Though the Prasar Bharati
(Broadcasting Corporation of India) Act was passed in June 1990, it was
notified as a statutory corporation only from November 1997. Section 11 of
the Act had given employees the option to decide whether they wanted to join
the Corporation or go back to the government, but no action was taken as the
rules for various categories of employees have not been drawn up in the past
recommendation of the GoM in January 2009, the Cabinet had said all
employees working on that date in vacant government posts and recruited as
per government rules shall enjoy status equivalent to employees serving on
deemed deputation from the date of their joining the service under All India
Radio or Doordarshan till the time of their retirement. However, they will
not be entitled to any deputation allowance.
can read the press release of Press Information Bureau about the cabinet
decision of the government in the link
FRIENDS OF PRASAR BHARATI demands that that the cut off
date should be extended to the future date on which the above
amendment happening (if it happens ), to include all employees recruited till that date as
central government employees on deputation to PB. We believe that two types
of permanent employees will not be a ideal situation for any
organisation and it will be better if all employees (including present &
future) are of equal status with out ant discrimination.
Till today Prasar Bharati Board has not framed its Recruitment
board , not approved its recruitment rules and not approved its
service conditions of the employees. In fact Prasar Bharati has not
recruited even a single employee. All the recruitments were done by
AIR & DD , based on the recruitment rules & service conditions of AIR &DD
employees only. In this scenario it is irrational and against all natural
justice to categorise those employees recruited after Oct.5,2007 as
Prasar Bharati employees. Because in the present scenario Prasar
Bharati is not at all a financially viable organisation also.