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Govt gave no proposal to PB for hiring of 2 journalists: Rathore

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The government has neither given any proposal to the to hire two senior journalists nor did the veto a proposal from the Information and ministry to terminate the services of all contractual employees, Parliament was informed today.

for Information and Rajyavardhan Rathore simply said No Sir in a written reply to a query whether had vetoed a proposal in the form of a resolution by government to terminate the services of all contractual employees of the

He did not elaborate and it was not clear whether he was only denying the veto, or was also denying that there was any resolution by the government on the termination of contractual employees.

To another query that whether has also turned down government's proposal to hire two senior journalists on grounds of exorbitant emolument packages, Rathore said, Government has not given any such proposal to Prasar Bharati to hire two senior journalists.

The remarks come in the backdrop of quoting sources as saying the Prasar Bharati board in its meeting on February 15 dropped a resolution regarding the appointment of two senior journalists as of and of Prasar Bharati Service (AIR) on the grounds of high costs.

The reports also said some of the board members took objection to the "ministry's directive" regarding termination of contractual employees of the Prasar Bharati.

To a separate question on measures taken to address issues of financial and administrative autonomy of Prasar Bharati as per the recommendations of Committee, Rathore said the ministry has been providing grants to the Prasar Bharati for creation of capital assets, grants in-aid for Channel and grants-in-aid for salaries.

Besides, Internal and (IEBR) of the Prasar Bharati were being utilised by the as per their own priorities exercising their autonomy.

website 'The Wire' had quoted Prasar Bharati A Surya Prakash as saying that the public broadcaster had to pay staff salary for January and February out of its contingency funds as the ministry had not released the funds.

The Prasar Bharati is an autonomous body that runs the (DD) and (AIR) and receives grant from the Information and (I&B) ministry.

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First Published: Mon, March 12 2018. 22:15 IST