Govt to bring a bill curtailing powers of Prasar Bharati CEO
New Delhi: Giving up the idea of bringing an ordinance, the Government has now decided to table a bill in the winter session of Parliament to amend the Prasar Bharati Act with provisions to curtail the powers of the CEO of the public broadcaster.
The I&B Ministry had earlier planned to make the amendments through an ordinance as the CEO's post is vacant at this moment. But the idea was shelved in favour of a bill following the government's decision to convene the winter session from November 22, sources said.
The need to amend the Act had been felt after the Shunglu Committee pointed to irregularities during the tenure of former CEO B S Lalli.
A Group of Ministers had recommended that the Act be modified and the relations between the ministry and Prasar Bharati be relooked," an I&B official had earlier said.
As per the amendments, the process of removal of the Chief Executive Officer of Prasar Bharati will be made less tough.
"A board which would consist of the office of the Vice President, the Chairperson of Press council of India and the Minister of Information and Broadcasting would have the powers to appoint and also remove the Prasar Bharati CEO," the official said.
As per the present Act, the Prasar Bharati CEO cannot be removed without the consent of the President and the Supreme Court, the official said.
After the amendments, "grounds of inefficiency" would also be included as a reason for which the CEO could be removed, the official said.