PTV needs Rs2bn to clear pensioners’ dues pending since 2016

Published July 4, 2019
Adviser says a number of steps have been taken to address financial crisis in PTV . — PTV website
Adviser says a number of steps have been taken to address financial crisis in PTV . — PTV website

ISLAMABAD: Managing Director Pakistan Television Corporation (PTV) Aamer Manzoor on Wednesday said PTV required Rs2 billion to clear the dues of 423 pensioners pending since 2016.

“We have arranged Rs700 million which will clear pension and other dues of 190 to 210 pensioners till December 2017. We request the committee to play its role in clearing the dues of 2018,” he said while briefing the Senate Standing Committee on Information and Broadcasting which was chaired by Senator Faisal Javed.

Prime Minister’s Adviser on Information and Broadcasting Dr Firdous Ashiq Awan, who also attended the meeting, said a number of steps were being taken to address the financial crisis in PTV.

Adviser says a number of steps have been taken to address financial crisis in PTV

“We are taking the PTV in right direction but it is a fact that the corporation has not paid pension and other dues to former employees since December 2016. Moreover, it has become difficult to clear salaries due to financial crunch,” she said.

Chairman PTV Arshad Khan said that the primary responsibility of PTV was to promote culture and protect the narrative of the state.

“Because of this responsibility we don’t get advertisements just like other television channels. We get only Rs35 as television license fee as compared to Rs2,500 which is being charged by state run television channels in other countries. The PTV has been in loss for two years but in last financial year it earned a profit of Rs300 million,” he said.

“However, we have to clear dues of Rs6 billion so we expect support from the government to clear the dues,” he said.

A retired employee of PTV Mohammad Ashraf, who was present in the meeting, said when he retired dollar was available at Rs70.

“Today the dollar’s value is Rs160 but our pending amount is the same which was announced years ago. We have been holding protest outside the PTV for the last 20 days and will continue until the issue is resolved,” he said.

Former controller news Asmatullah Niazi, who retired in April 2018, while talking to Dawn said that initially the government had agreed to pay Rs1 billion which would be distributed among retired employees and payments would be cleared before Eidul Fitr.

“However, dues were not cleared despite an agreement reached at PM Office. Currently a number of employees are sick and some employees have postponed weddings of their daughters because of financial issues. We appeal to the Prime Minister Imran Khan to look into the matter,” he said.

Lok Virsa

The Committee was also given a detailed briefing on working and performance of Lok Virsa.

It was told that Lok Virs had received Rs95.54 million grant-in-aid from the government.

The Committee appreciated the proposal of setting up book stalls at airports and railway stations which would have books about the organisation and its working and promote awareness about culture and heritage.

The committee recommended marathon transmission on PTV on special events arranged by Lok Virsa. The committee was told that Lok Virsa was arranging Lok Melas in provincial capitals, in collaboration with universities to promote awareness about heritage, conducting cultural surveys and research, arranging talent hunt folk festivals and making efforts to revive dying arts and crafts.

Published in Dawn, July 4th, 2019

Opinion

Editorial

The whole truth
28 Sep, 2022

The whole truth

THE war on truth has never been more relentless than it is today. Authoritarianism is on the rise and purveyors of...
Real-world trolls
Updated 28 Sep, 2022

Real-world trolls

It's reprehensible how PTI supporters now seem convinced that politicians from opposing camps aren't entitled to basic dignity.
Islamabad wildlife
28 Sep, 2022

Islamabad wildlife

PRESERVING biodiversity is low on the list of priorities of both state and society. However, successful attempts at...
Noon leaks
Updated 27 Sep, 2022

Noon leaks

PMO audio leaks are a national security emergency that ought to be investigated at the highest level.
Cipher probe offer
27 Sep, 2022

Cipher probe offer

CONSIDERING the toxic political polarisation in the country, former prime minister Imran Khan’s suggestion that ...
Delaying Doha plans
27 Sep, 2022

Delaying Doha plans

WHEN Doha announced its intention to spend $3bn in different commercial and investment sectors of Pakistan around a...