"Prasar Bharati appoints 1st batch of 55 persons after 21 years! Took 3 years to win: 2000 PLUS units to man:17,000 posts vacant," said Prasar Bharati chairperson Jawhar Sircar in a tweet.

Sources said that the Public Broadcaster has been facing a manpower crunch but since there has been delay in the setting up of the Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board (PBRB), the selections were done by the Staff Selection Commission (SSC).     

Officials said that among those recruited in the first batch are programme executives, transmission executives, engineering assistant and technicians etc who are vital to the functioning of the public broadcaster.

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