DELHI: A Committee is being set up by Prasar Bharati to monitor
fast evolving changes in technology and take appropriate action
with regard to Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR).
Bharati chairperson Mrinal Pande told indiantelevision.com
that this committee would also study changes in new technologies
that were emerging.
answer to a question, she said the growth of Doordarshan mobile
TV would be considered by this Committee.
This would be in addition to the already existing Committee
which is going into vision and programme content for DD and
Committee was set up headed by Member (Personnel) to go into
the status of former distinguished employees. This will comprise
board members including the Radio and Doordarshan Director-Generals,
Muzzafar Ali and Prema Cariappa.
Committee will work out a fresh scheme of financial assistance
to distinguished artists of AIR and Doordarshan who are in
indigent condition and are not getting any pension or financial
assistance from the Government.
Bharati approved a monthly financial assistance of Rs 10,000
to C. E. DeMellow, wife of the late Melville De Mellow whose
booming voice had enthralled millions all over the country
both on radio and Doordarshan.
DeMellow is about 93 years old and is in an indigent condition.
Keeping her condition in view, Prasar Bharati with the approval
of the CEO sanctioned in June 2012 a lump sum amount of Rs
50,000 and assistance of Rs 5000 per month as an interim measure.
board decided to double the monthly financial assistance to
her to Rs 10,000 with a direction to AIR to ensure timely
late Melville De Mellow had joined AIR in April 1950 and worked
till April 1971 when he superannuated. Thereafter, he was
retained in AIR as Producer (Emeritus) for a period of 5 years.
He belonged to staff artistes category.
1991, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry declared artistes/staff
artistes as deemed Government servants with effect from 6
March 1982 but De Mellow was not covered as he had retired
in 1971, he was not covered under these orders.
the Prasar Bharati board gave in principle approval to the
long-awaited fee-structure in 26 different categories of non-permanent