Acting swiftly on allegations of sexual harassment at work place leveled by some news presenters of the All India Radios FM channel,the Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Tuesday asked the public broadcaster to modify the evaluation system of casual announcers and hire independent experts for the purpose to avoid instances of favouritism and harassment.
Sources said a committee constituted by the ministry,however,did not find enough evidence to prove the charge of sexual harassment. It nevertheless recommended that two retired employees who were still working as duty officers at the FM Gold radio station and were at the center of the row should be removed immediately.
The committee has suggested some systemic changes. Among them was modification of the evaluation process of the casual announcers. It has suggested that process should be independent and not in house. That is the basic reason why there has been this kind of ambiance in the station and the perception that performance is not being evaluated fairly, a senior I&B official told The Indian Express.
While at present there is a largely in-house system to evaluate the performance of the casual staff,the committee felt that independent,outside evaluators would remove doubts of favouritism and ensure fairness and transparency. The committee is also learnt to have suggested that a proper transport system be put in place for pick up and drop of women casual workers to address their issues of transportation.
As regarding the allegation of sexual harassment,the official said the committee did not find enough evidence to sustain the charge.