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Flash details of complaint committee online,install CCTVs,I&B panel tells AIR

Admitting that women presenters at All India Radio (AIR) had made allegations of sexual harassment and there is lack of information on how to report such incidents,an inquiry committee set up by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has recommended that the broadcaster should give details of the complaints committee on its website and install CCTV […]

Written by Aneesha Mathur | New Delhi |
November 14, 2013 12:56:55 am

Admitting that women presenters at All India Radio (AIR) had made allegations of sexual harassment and there is lack of information on how to report such incidents,an inquiry committee set up by the Information and Broadcasting Ministry has recommended that the broadcaster should give details of the complaints committee on its website and install CCTV cameras “at key places” to curb the problem.

After complaints of female casual radio presenters being sexually harassed by duty officers and others,members of the AIR Broadcasting Professionals Association had filed a PIL before the Delhi High Court.

The ministry then appointed a seven-member panel,which looked into allegations made by the presenters and submitted its report before the High Court.

Noting that “consistent” allegations against two duty officials had been made by the staff,the committee recommended that the two be removed from their duties immediately. In its affidavit filed before the court on Wednesday,the ministry said casual duty officer BN Shelley had been suspended.

The committee recommended that AIR should replace the system of grading of presenters by duty officers to remove subjectivity from the system. It also recommended surprise checks on staff on night duty.

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