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Doordarshan had been commissioning television programs to various producers for the last many years. Due to this practice of commissioning of programs hundreds of producers, production houses had emerged during the last two three decades in different parts of the country. Thousands of artists, technicians, music directors, singers, production managers, cassette and hard disk suppliers and equipment rental service providers are associated with this television industry. This also includes students passed out from various film and television institutes every year. These students could apply as program producers in the special categories.

But under the new guidelines framed by prasar bharti corporation of India for commissioning of programs only big production houses who had produced hundreds of hours programs are eligible to apply and people with proven track records of creative and technical excellence had been thrown out of the game. This strategy is meant to cater to the richest and influential producers only and creative skills had totally been ignored.

Under such arbitrary and unreasonable framework thousands of people with proven track record would be forced to starve. This is denial of their basic right to work.

The guidelines are frequently being framed and then changed as per the whims and fantasies of Doordarshan authorities without giving any justification and logics.

If this continues this would force the butchering of thousands of creative people across the country. New students passed out from various mass media institutions would be discouraged to join this stream. This is against the mission of our Hon'ble Prime Minister Sh. Narender Modi's mission of Skill India and Sabka Saath Sabka Vikas. Kindly save this skilled industry.

We want more transparent procedures where creativity is given preference and not just the financial turnover or the size of the producers.

This signed petition will be presented to Ms. Smriti Irani, minister of Information & Broadcasting and to the CEO, Prasar Bharti.


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