In what is being considered as a major step in the last 15 years, national broadcaster Prasar Bharati on Tuesday said 1,150 vacancies will be filled up in All India Radio and Doordarshan to rejuvenate their functioning.
"The government has approved the filling up of 1,150 posts in the programming and the technical wings of Doordarshan and All India Radio," Prasar Bharati said in a statement in New Delhi.
"These posts are part of the 3,452 essential category posts, which were approved by Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by the present finance minister P Chidambaram in 2011," it said.
Most of the posts belong to Group B and C which would be filled up by Staff Selection Commission while others would be filled up by the Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board. Officials said the process will be over by mid-next year.
"This is the first major infusion of new blood into Doordarshan and All India Radio after a period of 15 long years. After approval of the Cabinet for the financial restructuring, which involved a waiver of Rs. 12,071 crore, this is the second biggest decision," Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar said.
"It would go a long way in creating quality content for our viewers and help us in facing the emerging competition. Prasar Bharati is eternally grateful to Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni for piloting it through GoM," he added.
The 1,150 posts include Assistant Station Directors, Engineering Assistants, Programme Executives, Transmission Executives, Technicians, Camerapersons, Production Assistants and Administrative Staff, officials said.
"These were critical and essential posts, which had lapsed and needed to be revived. A number of our stations were without engineers and programming staff, which had affected their operations," Brig. (Retd) VAM Hussain, member (Personnel), Prasar Bharati said.