Pakistan Television (PTV) asked to carry out study for delegation of powers to units -Pakistan Press Foundation (PPF)

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Pakistan Television (PTV) asked to carry out study for delegation of powers to units

ISLAMABAD- Information Secretary Khawaja Ijaz Sarwar asked PTV to carry out a study to materialise delegation of maximum powers to its units for smooth working of the channel.

“The chief executive has a firm commitment to devolution of powers and in line with that I have asked the managing director to carry out a study to delegate maximum powers to PTV units,” he added. Speaking at a function organised by the Pakistan Television Employees Union, Islamabad Centre, Ijaz Sarwar said that he was well aware of the problems faced by the people working away from the headquarters. He felt that a majority of these problems should be resolved at the earliest and at their level.

The information secretary reiterated the government’s commitment to follow a fair policy while allowing private channels, assuring that the PTV employees would be guaranteed full security. “The policy will be fair and offer a level playing field to all and 1 am hopeful that the PTV employees will invest all their energies in taking on the challenge of new channels.”

In response to the demand of the union leaders, Ijaz Sarwar, who is chairman of PTV stated that a sub-committee of the PTV board of directors would report that whether the board was competent to enforce the 35 percent raise in employees basic pay. He said chief executive’s adviser Javed jabber has also expressed his support for the realisation of the said increase in PTV employees basic pay. The secretary announced that the PTV board of directors had sanctioned a bonus for the employees on the occasion of Eidul-Azha.

Khwaja Iiaz Sarwar said that the Ministry of Information would extend its full support in ensuring that the houses being constructed under a housing scheme on the PTV-owned land in the capital were allotted to the channel’s employees.

PTV Managing Director Yousuf Beg Mirza, earlier, expressed the confidence that “if our hands are not tied, the PTV will successfully compete with the private channels.” He asked PTV employees to remain conscious of future challenges.

The MD underlined that the financial gains of the channel should be spent on modernising PTV’s machinery and preparing it for the competition ahead. Earlier, in their speeches, the PTV employees union leaders urged the government to ensure a fair atmosphere for PTV’s competition when the new channels were introduced.

Source: Business Recorder
Date:3/12/2000