MIB releases Rs 617 cr for payment of salaries to DD, AIR employees
MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has released Rs 617 crore to Prasar Bharati for the payment of salaries of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) employees.
According to a report in Hindustan Times, the money will be spent on salaries for the months of April, May, and June.
The fund was released after the pubcaster signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with the ministry.
Autonomous bodies are required to sign MoU with their respective ministries to get grants-in-aid by the government.
“The decision to release the funds was taken soon after the appointment of the secretary Amit Khare on June 1. The formalities of signing the MoU will be subsequently cleared, but for now the salary disbursal has been taken care of,” an official told the daily.
The salaries of Doordarshan and All India Radio employees were withheld earlier this year due to a disagreement between the ministry and the Prasar Bharati board, forcing the broadcaster to pay salaries for the months of January and February from its contingency funds.
The ministry, then headed by Smriti Irani stated that the funds meant for salaries were not released since Prasar Bharati had not signed a memorandum of understanding with it, which was necessary as per rules.
However, in February, the ministry released Rs. 208 core for salaries after the issue of non-payment of funds escalated.