Published On: Wed, Oct 2nd, 2019

Doordarshan Asst Director suspended for allegedly failing to telecast PM Narendra Modi’s IIT Madras speech

Chennai: An Assistant Director of national broadcaster Doordarshan here has been suspended because she failed to telecast live on DD Podhigai a speech by Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the Singapore-India Hackathon 2019 held at IIT Madras’s research centre in Chennai on September 30.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi speaks at IIT-Madras on Monday.

The official order by Prasar Bharati dated October 1 in this connection did not specify any reason but only said R Vasumathi, Assistant Director (Programme), Doordarshan Kendra, Chennai, has been placed under suspension under relvant rules with “immediate effect.”

Sources at the Chennai Doordarshan Kendra, however, said that the action is a result of her failure to live telecast PM Modi’s event, even when there was no written or oral instruction from the head office in Delhi.

“It is a clear case of wilful insubordination. Things are not the same these days. We all know what will be the consequences in such times. Vasumathi should have anticipated and acted,” said a senior officer at the Chennai Doordarshan Kendra.

There are also reports that she did not live telecast the event even after she was instructed to do so.

The prime minister had addressed the India Singapore Hackathon 2019 and the 56th Concvocation of IIT, Madras. He had also given away prizes to the winners of the Hackathon.

Modi had earlier addressed BJP workers at a party organised felicitation for him at the airport on his arrival here.

TST

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