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Dalit bashing in Prasar Bharati?

Is Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar now targeting the Director-General Doordarshan? Someone on the verge of superannuation after a spectacular career is reported for “insubordination and incompetence” to the Secretary in Ministry of Information & Broadcasting Sunil Arora. Lal Rosanga, D-G Doordarshan, comes from the Mizoram and has risen up the ranks. He is known for his professional acumen but has been constantly derided by the CEO in open fora. Many senior officers confide that the CEO has often denigrated the dignified DG. Sources reveal that he has even taunted him innumerable times for not using ‘good English.’ Sources say that the showdown seems an after-effect of a lady adviser getting booted out for intemperate language and unruly demeanour that caused strike in Doordarshan last year. The DG had refused to induct incompetent advisers, who were not allowing competent professionals (read government servants) to perform official duties. She caballed with the CEO and got officers suspended, resulting in strike. The protest march even went to the residence of Arun Jaitley, Minister for Information & Broadcasting. But the story does not end here. The CEO has more than once made casteist remarks against the DG. While a section of staff is gearing up to approach the concerned forum and seeking immediate intervention of the Chairman, the letter alleging insubordination is also being seen as serious intrusion into the professional arena. There are reports that the CEO is targeting the North-Eastern region to embarrass the Central Government keeping in mind the volatility in Arunachal Pradesh and coming elections in Assam! Earlier too, he had attempted to rope in another Dalit DG, a known Hindi litterateur, and failed.

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