Monday, May 10, 2010

80s' UPSC cadres still awaiting promotions

Rupashree Nanda, CNN-IBN

New Delhi: The 800 plus officers who were recruited into Doordarshan (DD) and All Indian Radio (AIR) between 1982 and 1989 after qualifying the UPSC test, and despite excellent track records, are waiting for their first promotions.
Among them also is Devika Mokhtan, the topper of her batch, the country's first woman football commentator.

"Rules were flouted... contract officers cannot be taken as regular service holders," says Mokhtan.
Rupa Mehta, programme executive, 1986 batch who joined in 1989 said: "I am a qualified person, recruited through the UPSC and since the last 22 years have not been given a single promotion.
..In sharp contrast is the career of one T Chamiar. Documents availed through RTI show that the officer was on contract till 1989 and yet he and many others like him have superseded regular UPSC recruits violating rules, some even rising to joint secretary levels.
The CEO of Prasar Bharati has acknowledged that injustice has been done.
CEO Prasar Bharti, B S Lall said: Over the years this issue has acquired complications because of varying interpretations, court cases, implementation of certain decision in the directorate as well as the ministry which could be called questionable.”
The question is did the ministry of information and broadcasting bend rules in order to accommodate certain people and why is such a large group of talented officers stagnating when more than half the radio stations and Doordarshan kendras do not even have station directors.
Prasar Bharti has formed a committee to get to the bottom of the matter but for some, it might be too little too late.
(•• Rupashree Nanda, CNN-IBN-From the exclusive report telecast on 9/5/10)

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