Norms eased for employing foreigners in media outlets
Apr 17, 2007 - 8:53:27 PM
New Delhi, April 17 - The Indian government Tuesday eased the norms for employing foreign and NRI media personnel, saying prior clearance for this was not necessary.
Services of such employees, however, would have to be terminated if they were not subsequently security cleared by the government, a statement from the information and broadcasting ministry said.
Previously, media organisations could employ foreigners only after receiving the government's nod.
The amended Clause 4 - relating to the basic conditions/obligations of the guidelines reads: 'The entity shall be liable to intimate the names and details of any foreigners/NRIs proposed to be employed/engaged in the entity either as consultant - for more than 60 days in a year, or, as regular employees. The entity shall be liable to dispense with the services of such persons if not found security cleared subsequently.'
The clause earlier read: 'All entities shall obtain prior clearance of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting of any foreigners/NRIs proposed to be employed/engaged in the new entity either as consultants - for more than 60 days in a year, or, as regular employees.'
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