Team    25 Feb 09 18:17 IST

NEW DELHI: No recruitment has been made in the Indian Broadcasting (Programme) Service, started in 1990 to train a separate cadre of employees for All India Radio and Doordarshan.

A Parliamentary Committee in a strongly-worded report also found that the kind of autonomy which ought to have been there "is not there in Prasar Bharati" and hoped the "Government and Prasar Bharati would move ahead from this point and work in harmony to strengthen the institution."

Although the Committee on Empowerment of Women was to make a report on �Working Conditions of women in Prasar Bharati', it made a large number of sweeping comments about the way the pubcaster is being run.

The Government had recently announced that all Central Government employees recruited for Akashvani or Doordarshan until 5 October 2007 are to be deemed as on deputation with effect from April 2000 until their retirement, affecting around 38,000 employees.

While taking note of this decision, the 30-member Committee headed by Krishna Tirath of the Congress Party, said the Government could not be absolved of the delay in taking a final decision in the matter. It also recommended that the recruitment rules and service conditions of Prasar Bharati's own employees should be finalized and the confusions, if any, pertaining to the Government employees on deemed deputation to the Corporation be sorted out within three months and the report sent to the Committee.

The Committee also strongly criticized the government for not filling posts against sanctioned strength in Prasar Bharati, noting that "the Committee is extremely unhappy that a large number of creative young women and men are denied the chance to be part of the public broadcasting service in the country," though it noticed there were legal and administrative constraints behind this state of affairs.

It was observed that there was a shortage of 44.8 per cent of the sanctioned strength in group �A' and about 40 per cent in Group �B' in Doordarshan, and 58.8 per cent of the posts in Group �A' were vacant in All India Radio. As many as 4629 posts in Doordarshan and 6433 posts in All India Radio remain unfilled.

Recruitment to the post of programme executives was last made 18 years earlier in 1991. "The case is no different in various other categories of AIR and Doordarshan," the committee said.

The Committee, therefore, wanted the pubcaster to "pull up its socks and start

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