Saturday, April 13, 2013

stagnation for a long period of almost three decades full of injustice to the staff and unjust activities to Public Service Broadcaster of India i.e. Doordarshan.

No. ADP3/MIB/2013/                                                         Date: 01.04.2013
Hon’ble Minister for
Information & Broadcasting
C - I/3, Lodhi Garden
New Delhi - 110 003

Subject:        At least one promotion, wherever applicable, to the staff of Programme Wing of Doordarshan to wipe-out the frustration and stagnation for a long period of almost three decades full of injustice to the staff and unjust activities to Public Service Broadcaster of India i.e. Doordarshan.

Respected Sir,
We would like to bring to your kind attention the fact that ADP3, the only platform of Programme Professionals of Doordarshan, is happy that after a long period of Recruitment Holiday, Prasar Bharati has taken a step forward for large scale recruitment of staff in the Programme Wing of Doordarshan. We all feel that it’s the high time to save nation’s public service broadcaster.

But, simultaneously, we are frustrated because no step has yet been taken to wipe-out the frustration among staff and eliminate the stagnation for a long period of almost three decades full of injustice to the staff. The situation is grave because, Prasar Bharati has not taken any initiative to regularize the adhoc Programme Executives and Assistant Director(P)s who are rendering their duties since decades without being populated in seniority list. In lieu of that new staff are being recruited to fill up the vacancies. Production Assistants who are actually doing the works of Programme Executives are not getting desired status for at least three decades. They are reaching their superannuation without getting single promotion. It’s a saga of injustice.

The role of Doordarshan is to promote the literature, culture and tradition of the respective region and as a whole of the entire country. It is meant to reflect the socio-economic and political scenario of respective region and to protect the emotion and sentiments of the people of the country irrespective of their caste, colour and creed. It is obvious that to perform this lead role amongst all other channels of the region, it needs a sound and knowledgeable team of programme producers, who has enough experience and awareness, aesthetic sense and sensibility about modem technology of programme making. Doordarshan has three Wings, e.g. Programme, Administration and Engineering. But surprisingly at present the programme wing is the weakest of all wings in terms of number of staff. Staff at this Wing are attaining superannuation without having a single promotion in their entire service career. Frustration amongst them reached its culmination.
On entering deep into the issue, it is revealed that a number of posts of DD Programme officers are occupied by some Programme Officers of All India Radio who actually do not have knowledge of visual media. Being placed in the upper hierarchy they actually remain busy with table works only as they are incapable of producing programmes for DD-viewers. Recruitment in the Programme Wing was stopped for the last two decades. Junior programme officers were also not given due promotion, yet in the present scenario, all the work of programme production is done by those junior programme staff i.e. Production Assistants individually for the last two decades. This junior staffs of DD Programme Wing are supervised by unprofessional Officers who came from All India Radio and who do not know the ABC of a visual media. In 1976, Smt. Indira Gandhi officially declared to separate the entity of two departments i.e. AIR and DD. Ministry of I&B also issued the order accordingly, two separate Directorate and the post of two DG i.e. DG: AIR and DG: DD were created. But all went in vein. Till date the cadre controlling authority of DD is DG: AIR.
Without having the knowledge about the visual media and without knowing the actual requirement DG:AIR declared some vital post like Sound Recordist, Scenic Designer, Lighting Assistant etc. as dying cadre. This was extremely ridiculous.

It’s alarming that in the recent advertisement also there is no mention of recruitment of Cameraman, Lighting Assistant, Property Assistant, Scenic Designer, Floor Manager, Floor Assistant etc. who are the key staff of programme making in Doordarshan. The requirement of Doordarshan Programme Wing cannot be adjudged by the people who are not actual professionals of visual media. We feel that lot of initiatives are being taken presently, but simultaneously we are skeptical about the effectiveness of those initiatives. Because, change in the screen i.e. the final output which the viewers watches, is the only yardstick which matters and to achieve that the first preference should be given to the Programme Wing of Doordarshan which is being neglected since decades.
Measures may be taken as remedy:

1.     Filling up of posts of Producers / Programme Executives in Doordarshan by promotion of experienced and trained Production Assistants who presently running the shows for at least two decades prior to recruitment of new staff to avoid any further resentment throughout the country.

2.     Recruitment of Production Assistant, Cameraman, Video Editor.

3.     Recruitment of Lighting Assistant, Property Assistant, Scenic Designer, Floor Manager, Floor Assistant etc.

Your kind intervention in this issue shall bring rising days and an achievement for the National Public Service Broadcaster of the Country “Doordarshan”. Jai Hind!

With regards.

Yours faithfully,

(Umesh Mishra)

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Tuesday, April 9, 2013

3 day long executive committee meeting was held from 3rd to 5th April 2013

A 3 day long executive committee meeting was held from 3rd to 5th April 2013 in Mandi House, New Delhi with the members present from across the country. A steering committee consisting of 5 following members was constituted.

1. Rakesh Tayagi, National Advisor
2. Sanjeev Sony, Executive Vice President
3. Sukanta Sengupta, General Secretary
4. Rajaram Tewari
5. Brajesh Kumar

Besides above, one more core committee comprising of 10 members was formed to accelerate the activities of the association and also to resolve the issue of long pending demand of DD Programme Staff.

 (Umesh Misra, President)

Thursday, April 4, 2013

Ad-hoc Appointment / Promotion — Review of – Regarding


North Block, New Delhi,
Dated the 3rd April, 2013


Subject: Ad-hoc Appointment / Promotion — Review of – Regarding.

The undersigned is directed to say that as per the extant policy of the Government, all posts are to be filled in accordance with provisions of the applicable Recruitment Rules/Service Rules. As explained in this Department’s O.M. No.28036/8/87-Estt.(D) dated 30.03.1988 read with O.M. No.28036/1/2001-Estt.(D) dated 23.07.2001, promotions/ appointments on ad- hoc basis are to be resorted to only in exceptional circumstances mentioned therein, to a post which cannot be kept vacant in consideration of its functional/operational requirement. In spite of these express provisions, it has come to the notice of this Department that the Ministries/Departments are resorting to ad-hoc arrangements in total disregard to the statutory provisions/instructions on the subject as well as proper manpower management and career advancement of the employees.

 2. This Department has been impressing upon all the Ministries/ Departments from time to time to take adequate steps in advance so as to achieve the desired objective of timely convening of the Departmental Promotion Committee (DPC) meetings and preparing the approved select panels for regular appointments/promotions within the prescribed time limits. However, at many a time, due to non-adherence to the prescribed norms and procedures by the Ministries/Departments, the approved select panel is not ready in time and ad-hoc arrangements are resorted to. Some Ministries/Departments have taken non-acceptance of their incomplete proposals for DPCs, by the UPSC, as the reason for resorting to ad-hoc appointments. In this regard, as already emphasized in this Department’s

O.M. No.22011/3/2011-Estt.(D) dated 24.03.2011, it is reiterated that the responsibility of sending the DPC proposals, complete in all respect, to the UPSC, lies entirely on the administrative Ministries/ Departments concerned. 

 3. Other reasons for resorting to ad-hoc arrangements are absence/revision of Recruitment Rules, disputed Seniority Lists etc. With regard to tackling the problem of absence of RRs, it may be pointed out that the OM No. AB 14017/79/2006-Estt. (RR) dated 6th September, 2007 provides that where no Recruitment Rules exist or where the existing Recruitment Rules are repealed as per the prescribed procedure, the option of approaching the UPSC for one time method would be available. These instructions further provide that it will not be feasible or advisable for the UPSC to suggest one time method of recruitment in cases where Recruitment Rules exist even if they are perceived as unworkable. In such situations, the administrative Ministries/Departments will have to process necessary amendments required in the Recruitment Rules and, thereafter, initiate the recruitment process.

4. Ad-hoc appointments/promotions should be made only in rare cases and for exigencies of work, where the post cannot be kept vacant until regular candidate becomes available. Persons appointed on ad-hoc basis to a grade are to be replaced by persons approved for regular appointment by direct recruitment, promotion or deputation, as the case may be, at the earliest opportunity. As already provided in this Department’s O.M. No.28036/1/2001- Estt.(D) dated 23.07.2001, no appointment shall be made on ad-hoc basis by direct recruitment from open market. Where the vacant post cannot be kept vacant for functional considerations, efforts are required to be made to entrust the additional charge of the post to a serving officer under provisions of FR-49, failing which only appointment by ad-hoc promotion/ad-hoc deputation is to be considered in terms of provisions of this Department’s O.M. No.28036/8/87-Estt.(D) dated 30.03.1988.

 5. As already provided in this Department’s O.M. No.22011/3/75-Estt.(D) dated 29th October, 1975, and reiterated in O.M. No.28036/8/87-Estt.(D) dated 30.03.1988 and O.M. No.28036/1/2001-Estt.(D) dated 23.07.2001, an ad-hoc appointment does not bestow on the person a claim for regular appointment and the service rendered on ad-hoc basis in the grade concerned also does not count for the purpose of seniority in that grade and for eligibility for promotion to the next higher grade. As per existing provisions, these facts are to be clearly spelt out in the orders of the ad-hoc promotions/ ad-hoc appointments. Therefore, such ad-hoc arrangements are neither in the interest of the individuals nor the organizations concerned. It is, thus, not appropriate to resort to ad-hoc arrangements in a routine manner.

 6. As per existing instructions vide O.M. No.28036/8/87-Estt.(D) dated 30.03.1988 and O.M. No.28036/1/2001-Estt.(D) dated 23.07.2001, the total period for which the appointment/ promotion may be made, on an ad-hoc basis, keeping in view the exceptionalities anticipated in these OMs, by the respective Ministries/ Departments, is limited to one year only. These instructions further provide that in case of compulsions for extending any ad- hoc appointment/promotion beyond one year, the approval of the Department of Personnel and Training is to be sought at least two months in advance before the expiry of the one year period. Also, if the approval of the Department of Personnel & Training to the continuance of the ad-hoc arrangement beyond one year is not received before the expiry of the one year period, the ad-hoc appointment/promotion shall automatically cease on the expiry of the one year term. Notwithstanding these provisions, instances have come to notice of this Department where Ministries/ Departments have continued ad-hoc arrangements beyond one year without express approval of this Department, and later on, approached this Department to seek ex-post facto approval for continuation of such arrangements. It is reiterated that continuation of any ad-hoc arrangement beyond one year and release of pay and allowances for the same, without express approval of this Department is not in order.

 7. This Department vide O.M. No.39036/02/2007- Estt.(B) dated 14.11.2008, has requested all the Ministries/ Departments to comply with the regulation-4 of the UPSC (Exemption from Consultation) Regulations, 1958, which provide that if a temporary or officiating arrangement made by ad-hoc appointment to a post falling within the purview of UPSC is likely to continue for a period of more than one year from the date of appointment, the Commission shall immediately be consulted in regard to filling up of the post. For this purpose, the Ministries/Departments are required to furnish monthly and six-monthly returns to the Commission showing all such Group ‘A’ and S’

Gazetted appointments and promotions made without reference to the Commission, as emphasized in this Department’s OM No. 39021/1/94-Estt.(B) dated 22.07.1994. These instructions are again reiterated and all the Ministries/Departments are requested to ensure that requisite returns are furnished to the Union Public Service Commission as per the time schedule prescribed so as to effectively monitor the ad-hoc appointments being resorted to by various Ministries/Departments without consulting the UPSC.

8. All the administrative Ministries/Departments are requested to review the ad-hoc appointments/promotions made by them, from time to time, and at least once a year, on the basis of the guidelines and instructions in force, so as to bring down the instances of such ad-hoc manpower arrangements to the barest minimum, in respect of both Secretariat as well as non-Secretariat offices under them.


(Pushpender Kumar)
Under Secretary to the Government of India