It appeared on the cards for long … With a Prasar Bharati Board absolutely ineffective and visionless and now the acting CEO too kneeling before the Chairman for every executive reason gets slapped by the Director General Doordarshan and bunch of junior officers with a rare show of defiance. So much so that decision taken by the Board earlier and approved by CEO one learns of DG Doordarshan going gung-ho against the much perceived ‘might’ of the two by summarily dismissing their authority and orders. Irony is none of the players i.e. those culling the orders and those supervising in the Secretariat are from the cadre or versed with basic functioning of public broadcaster !
These columns revealed how sectional heads were “Pilfering amount collected as PF and Medical Care running in lakhs” and the corruption continued. This was how the contractual staff was deprived of facilities much against the Labour and Criminal Laws. Those attempting raise voice were threatened ouster and harassment. It is also learnt that no overtime was ever paid and even the annual honorarium was blocked. These funds were reported shared. There are even reports that certain categories of contractual staff were doled out dues for “extraneous reasons”.
Sensing mounting resentment and troubled times in offing DDG-Commercial in connivance with ADG (Admn) devised a strategy to deprive the Commercial section of ‘exclusivity’ for which it was created by the Government. The purpose behind this creation was to deal Marketing, Fix Commercial terms, Generate revenue and Pursue complicated matters legally and so on. This was given status of an “Independent Station” with branches at all major stations to streamline the Commercial aspect of public broadcaster that assumed an important segment of commercial broadcasting. This decision was taken after consultations with the Ministry and accorded status with equal Financial and Administrative authority as contained in Section IV of Doordarshan Manual- Vol. III. This was well circulated vide order no. G-17011/4/95-FAS dated April 21, 1995 which extended the Memorandum no. 1/78/76-FAS dated February 1, 1980.
DG Doordarshan in consultation with ADG-Commercial and ADG-Administration, shockingly all incompetent and untrained to deal the matter decided to merge Commercial Section with General Administration vide order no. 1/1/2017.S II/335 and 335 dated March 24, 2017. It was preposterous to devalue the importance and functional independence of this Independent section who also announced that no separate budgets would be provided from 2017-2018.
This exposes many aspects reeling public broadcasting into mess and ineptitude calling shots. The Chairman more than dealing with surmounting mess in organization is found busy tweeting inconsequential on social sites. It is reportedly learnt that both Director Generals in AIR and Doordarshan are not carrying orders of the acting CEO as being junior to them has made the organization a laughing stock. This has helped most juniors ones even raising heads on impropriety and illegalities and there seems to be no one to infuse Media sense in them.
Would the Chairman or his CEO take the call in setting things on course and remove erring officers or they too are willing partners in maiming the organization ?