Transfer Policy in Prasar Bharati has always been a tool to harass or throw away those who did not tow line. One often observes names that are routinely shuffled keep getting harassed repeatedly. Most of the times it is an exercise to enfeeble or intimidate those on the verge of completion of tenure by the Administration section. For long, administrative Heads resort to uneven shuffling that is both partisan and irrelevant. Sources even allege that money often changes hands to initiate or get some posting scrapped. A transfer in all fairness is carried out to build the perspective, better vision; diverse exposure is turned into a corrupt practice. One might wonder at the over-staffed administrative sections that has failed to contribute in their areas rather giving wings to unethical ways. There are questions that get directed towards CVO for failing to be vigilant and check corrupt practices.
It’s a matter of concern, surely not for the Board Members or its Chairman to devise policies on how to rejuvenate the personnel angle that has been messed by half-hearted approach of officials heading it. The blame squarely is shared by the CEO and Member Personnel, who have failed to hold ‘regular’ DPCs, devise transfer strategies and placement of Experts in areas of excellence. The dismal state is more to the inept and insipid approach of all concerned at the Management level. And this surely gives powder to minions to exploit and extract. The Members of Prasar Bharati Board and the Ministry will cut a sorry figure if they are asked on the steps and schemes they have devised in past three years. The malaise is most visible in the Programme sections which has virtually been ‘killed with purpose’ by deputationists.
One wonders how the rules laid by DOPT for postings to ‘hard stations’ are violated by these Babus and staff stationed there are perforced to either continue for abnormal period or pay up to get expedited. These are as per GOI guidelines fixed term posting with offer of ‘choice-posting’ on return. This include entire North East region, Leh and Laddakh. This is a serious and frequent development. One marks huge number of staff that were never posted out or even shuffled speaks of vested interests and conformity to allegations of corruption. Sources in Ministry even confirm that CAT and Court orders are also pending and in some cases Member-Personnel is directly responsible to hold them back. One official even advised the litigant to name Member Personnel by name in Contempt for his intentional delays !
Prasar Bharati is absolutely in throes of inactivity and a dissipated organization that needs trimming. The concept of Autonomy is turned farce and more autocratic than earlier. Instead of Professionals have their say one finds horde of incompetent calling shots and that should be the proverbial nail in coffin.