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AIR announcer’s tweet seeking payment grants her a ban | India News


NEW DELHI: A Public Appeal for Arrears Pay by a Casual Announcer at AIR’s Shimla the police station earned him a permanent “ban” from Akashvani’s service and a complaint at the local police station for threatening to commit suicide and inciting others to follow his example.
Rama Thakur, a casual broadcaster for 15 years on All India Radio (AIR), Shimla, tweeted on May 6 tagging the Prime Minister, Union Ministers Prakash Javadekar and Nirmala Sitharaman, and Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Vempati. In his tweet, Thakur asked if any government department was paying a month or two of wages after keeping wages outstanding for six months. She cited extreme financial difficulties. He also said that casual workers would be forced to commit suicide, for which the government would be responsible.

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Everyone has the right to express their complaints for non-payment of fees. Presenting an FIR to cow the individual is an abuse of power and a gross display of intolerance. These acts of intimidation need to be discouraged and combated.

“The irregularity in payment started in 2017 and became particularly erratic after 2019. We appealed to our seniors, but when that didn’t work, I voiced our complaints on Twitter,” Thakur said. YOU by phone. His head of programming, Umesh Kashyap, said YOU he had carried out orders from Delhi.
An official who did not want to be named admitted that payments to casual announcers have been erratic, adding: “Who can manage their houses on Rs 2,600 per month? This is a job they do as a hobby. ”
The official said Thakur’s services have been permanently discontinued. AIR Casual Announcers and Comperes Union have written to Vempati in protest.

Times of India