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Pemra clarifies report

RAWALPINDI: The Pakistan Electronic Media Regulatory Authority (Pemra) has rebutted a news item published in The News on Sunday regarding objections raised by Pemra’s Finance Wing on new appointments.

“Pemra out rightly denies any such incident and further declares the story baseless and concocted. It has been clarified by the Pemra spokesman Abdul Basit Khan that no such letter has ever been written by the Finance Wing, wherein, recruitment process was criticised,” said a Pemra press release here on Monday.

“Pemra is confident and reiterates that recruitments were made as per Pemra’s expansion plan whereby the authority’s outreach has been increased to AJK, Gilgit-Baltistan and other cities of Punjab, Sindh and Khyber Pakhtunkhwa,” said the press release.

During the past few years, it said, Pemra’s licensees have been increased substantially. At present Pemra has conferred licences for 2,500 cable TV networks, 138 FM radios, 84 satellite TV channels and 28 Landing Rights permission holders. In order to ensure Pemra’s writ across the country and to make monitoring mechanism effective, new recruitments were made. Furthermore, it said, the entire recruitment process has fulfilled all codal formalities and appointments have been made on merit such as qualification, experience, regional quota etc.

The release stated that enforcement activities undertaken during the past few months would never been possible without recruiting new employees. It said the authority’s outreach will be further extended to division, district and tehsil levels as under new policy licenses are being issued at district and tehsil levels for cable TV and FM radios.

“As far as revision of medical policy is concerned, it has no link with the new recruitment; rather policy was suspended for a short period for revision. New medical policy has now been decided by the competent authority which will cover total indoor medical expense to the employee. In addition, all the employees will be given 25 percent medical allowance to meet their outdoor medical requirements,” the press release added.
Source: The News
Date:11/23/2010