Keeping in line with the suggestions made by the Geethakrishnan Committee, the ministry of information and broadcasting is zeroing in on divisions where jobs may be trimmed. The divisions include the publications division, the research and reference division and the directorate of field publicity (DFP).
According to the ministry source, the extended deadline for response from various government departments and ministries on downsizing is January 15.
The I&B ministry, in various representations to the finance ministry, has insisted that the DFP is the largest rural-oriented inter-personal communication medium in the country acting as a two-way link between the people and the government.
However, the media head of the publications division, which also has around 700 people on its payroll, opposed the whole idea of downsizing or rightsizing. The research and reference division employs around 60 people.
The Geethakrishnan Committee had recommended that the ministry do away with 5,603 employees in different divisions and departments, which would lead to an annual saving of Rs 71 crores.
The Geethakrishnan panel had also said that the directorate of field publicity, the song and drama division, publications and photo divisions and the Children’s Film Society of India should be closed down. The savings from winding up these departments were calculated at around Rs 25 crores.