August 13, 2016 2:29:35 am
PUNE MP Anil Shirole on Friday said the Information and Broadcasting Ministry will not shut down the Marathi news section of the All-India Radio, Pune. Shirole said he has received an email to this effect from the ministry.
Shirole said an advisory has been issued on Thursday by Sitanshu Kar, Director General (News), AIR, which said the regional units in Indore, Pune, Dibrugarh, Bhuj, Dharwad, Trichy and Kozhikode have been hereby requested to continue with their normal services such as new bulletins and programmes as usual till further orders.
It also said that “correspondents in Allahabad, Pauri, Jalandhar, Patiala, Coimbatore and Kochi will continue to perform their duties from their locations.”
Shirole said he had taken up the issue with the ministry immediately after it came to light that the ministry had decided to relocate two key posts in Pune to other cities. The Shiv Sena also claimed that its delegation, led by MP Anil Desai, had met I&B minister and expressed their opposition to the closure of Marathi news in Pune.
Meanwhile, the AIR officials said the latest advisory is vague. “The advisory does not mention that the order for relocation of the posts has been withdrawn. In fact, the latest advisory and earlier directive said the same thing that… till further orders, AIR officials will continue to perform their duties from their locations. So what is new in the latest advisory?,” an official asked. However, MP Shirole said by next week, the ministry will clear the air on the issue.
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