Govt to curtail powers of Prasar Bharati CEO

Last Updated: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 21:34

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.

PTI



First Published: Tuesday, November 1, 2011 - 21:34

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