Selection of News, Copy Editors

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Candidates accuse DD of nepotism

Srinagar:  Left out candidates Thursday alleged that DD officials resorted to nepotism and invited blue-eyed candidates for tests for the selection of News and Copy Editors. 

Reports said that candidates were called personally by the DD news authorities without issuing any notifications.

“Only 16 candidates were called for the examinations for Assistant News Editor and 12 for Copy editor. And among which some hold six-month diploma courses in journalism while those who have post graduation in journalism and experience of five years in the field were left out,” the aggrieved left out candidates said.

The candidates said the security personnel stationed outside the DD Srinagar didn’t allow them to go inside to bring the issue into the notice of the authorities.

DD had recently advertised the posts for Assistant News Editors and Copy Editors for which hundreds of candidates with Mass Communication and Journalism degree holders had applied. In addition to journalism course, the DD notice said that the candidates should also have over three years experience in journalism.

However, the aggrieved candidates alleged the candidates whowere called for the test lack not only degree but have no experience either.

“When we were waiting outside the DD we brought the issue into the notice of a senior official, he  said go and ask the

screening committee,” they said.

“We fail to understand what criteria was followed in calling the ‘selected’ candidates for the test. It seems the DD Srinagar officials

had called their own kith and kin for the examinations and the entire process was completed in a hush up manner,” the candidates said.

This is not the first time that Doordarshan Srinagar has come under scanner. In the past, the Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI)

indicted its some top officials who were found involved in multi-crore scam.  The CBI had raided Doordarshan Srinagar several times in the past compelling the authorities to remove some tainted officials from there. 

“But no legal action was taken against the erring officials due

to their strong political backing,” sources said.

Sources said Union Information Ministry had also received complaints that fake bills were made by its top officials resulting into siphoning of crores of rupees that were meant for the improvement of its programme quality.

They said there are also complaints that its top officials had made back-door appointments and allotment of programmes to their relatives.

 When contacted, Incharge News said that candidates can say anything. “If these candidates have any proof then they should show it,” he said. (CNS)

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