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RTI unearths job scam

Last updated: 08 May, 2010
New Delhi, May 8, DHNS 23:03 IST

RTI applications filed by aggrieved programme officers of All India Radio and Doordarshan have unearthed, what they allege, a “recruitment scam” in which people engaged on short-term contract have been “systematically smuggled” into the two organisations bypassing the established norms.

Four such people, they allege, have even reached positions equivalent to joint secretaries in the Government of India, bypassing those who had been recruited through the formal UPSC-route.

The Association of UPSC Recruited Programme Officers of AIR and DD said several documents dug out through the RTI applications revealed that people engaged on short-term contract after February 28, 1982, the cutoff date set by the government to regularise those engaged in long-term contract, had been made regular government employees flouting government rules.

Displaying the documents, AUPO representatives named four senior Prasar Bharati officials—Deepa Chandra, Hrushikesh Pani, Aparna Vaish and K B Gopalan—who had allegedly benefited by the “scam.”

“While these illegal appointees, many of whom do not even have the requisite educational qualifications and were not screened by UPSC, are today occupying senior positions in the organisations, the regularly appointed officers are languishing at entry-level posts without a single promotion for 25-28 years,” AUPO’s Amlan Majumdar and Jose Jude Mathew alleged. Information received through RTI have revealed that service records of many of the “illegal” beneficiaries have been either destroyed or “caused to have been lost.”

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