After waiting for many years, Prasar Bharati employees are all set to get status equivalent to the government employees.
A Group of Ministers headed by Home Minister Shivraj Patil were unanimous that about 36,000 Prasar Bharati employees should get similar rights as other government employees. “By and large our view was that their (Prasar Bharati employees) rights should be protected within the framework of government employees,” a senior government functionary said.
However, the GoM has not decided that how Prasar Bharati employees will get government status. They are employees of an autonomous corporation and therefore, not entitled to government facilities. Giving them government employee status may raise questions over the functional autonomy of Prasar Bharati.
The functionary said, the GoM will work out the mechanism to given them government employee status at its next meeting slated after President elections process ends by July 22. The government has to submit its reply on the status of Prasar Bharati employees to Supreme Court before August 2.
The GoM’s view will mean extra burden of Rs 81 crore to Prasar Bharati. Once they employees get the status, they would be entitled to a government house and admission of their children in Kendriya Vidalayas.
The GoM also agreed that the employees on deputation to Prasar Bharati would be given an option for joining the corporation permanently or going back to their parent cadre. The issue related to promotion of 11 categories of PB employees was also discussed at the meeting.
However, the issues pertaining to impose license fee to own a television or radio set and impose tax on purchase of new television was not discussed. “Our priority was employees,” he said.