ISLAMABAD: Senate Standing Committee on Information, Broadcasting and National Heritage on Tuesday directed the Pakistan Broadcasting Corporation (PBC) administration to provide documentary proof of following the rules and regulations in 60 new appointments in the corporation and regularisation of 870 persons during the past two years.
The committee meeting chaired by Senator Kamil Ali Agha gave this directives when a working paper was presented to it providing detail of the employees appointed during past two years.
The committee asked for a report whether or not the rules were followed and those inducted had the required qualification and were not overage.
The committee members took exception to the rapidly falling standard of anchorpersons and commentators both in Radio Pakistan and Pakistan Television. On of the senators particularly referred to poor accent, improper delivery of words and fumbling during the Pakistan Day-related show on Pakistan Television.
They contended that senior most broadcasters must be assigned to cover key national events, as was done in the past by acquiring services of Azhar Lodhi and Tariq Aziz.
The panel chairman asked the Secretary Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Dr. Nazir Saeed that the matter be investigated. It was also pointed out that tickers shown on PTV carried many spelling mistakes.
Those who attended the meeting, included Senators Farhatullah Babar, Saeed Ghani, Farah Aqil, Sherala Malik, Rubina Khalid, Almas Parveen and Zafar Ali Shah.
Minister for Information,Broadcasting and National Heritage Pervaiz Rashid also attended the meeting.
One senator raised the matter pertaining to issuance of cheques to some experts, who never took part in any talk show at Radio Pakistan. The committee members took keen interest in the case of one Rizwana Khan, a resource person of Radio Pakistan and they wondered why one-sided report was presented to the committee and the Radio management completely ignored Sajid Durrani, who was accused of harassment by the lady.
Lady senators complained that it was a tradition that charges were framed only against females while males completely ignored. The chairman wanted know why the Radio officials did not show interest in this particular case.
He also said there were a number of discrepancies in the three-page report submitted by the PBC management to the committee.
The committee members said that if there were some serious allegations against her, then why her contract was revived again. They expressed satisfaction on the report and on this the information secretary assured them that a fresh probe would be conducted and a report thereon would be filed with the committee in its next meeting.
The committee wanted to know why the services of one Qasim Naseem could not be regularized despite having been associated with Radio Pakistan for Skardu for the last 27 years. They did not appear convinced by the reason given by DG Radio that he could not be made permanent because he had been working against not a regular post.
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