New Delhi: The Press Council of India is
currently faced with pendency of 931 cases and the average
time taken to dispose of a matter is six months.
"In cases where the papers are complete with comments/
written statement/counter comments and the matter is ready for
listing before the Inquiry Committee, the matter is disposed
of on an average within a maximum of six months," Minister of
State for Information and Broadcasting CM Jatua said in reply
to a question in the Rajya Sabha.
He also gave year wise figures of cases received and
disposed of by the Press Council. In the year 2008-09, the
number of complaints received was 726 and the number of
complaints disposed was 581.
In 2009-10 the number of complaints received with the
Press Council was 950 and complaints disposed off was 681. In
2010-11 the number of complaints was 900 and 1026 complaints
were disposed off.
In the year 2011-12, till November 18, 458 complaints
have been received while 574 have been disposed of leaving a
pendency of 931 cases, Jatua said.
In reply to another question, Jatua said that there was no
proposal to curb the powers of the CEO of Prasar Bharati.