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Report on functioning of Prasar Bharati sent to PM: Soni

Last Updated: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 18:33

New Delhi: Information and Broadcasting
ministry has sent a detailed report to Prime Minister Manmohan
Singh on the functioning of Prasar Bharati amid reports of
differences between its board members and the CEO, and that
the government is planning to scrap the Board.

"After there were reports in the media and court cases,
we felt there is a need for finetuning Prasar Bharati. We sent
our officials to various Doordarshan Kendras and also spoke to
the CEO B S Lalli.

"Based on these inputs, we have sent a detailed report
on the functioning of the public broadcaster to the PM. We are
awaiting his orders on the matter," Minister for Information
and Broadcasting Ambika Soni told reporters here today.

The minister said she had decided to send the report on
Prasar Bharati to the PM as it has been formed through an Act
of Parliament and therefore the ministry cannot intervene
directly in its affairs.

Soni`s comments came in the light of speculation that
the ministry is planning to bring an ordinance to scrap Prasar
Bharati`s board as it was reportedly not able to function
properly due to differences between its members and the CEO.

Reliable sources in the ministry said though it has
sought law ministry`s opinion on how to deal with the issue,
it is still awaiting its response.

"It would be very difficult to comment now on what
step we will take regarding this issue," the sources said when
asked whether the ministry would go for the ordinance route
for scrapping the public broadcaster`s board.

Bureau Report

First Published: Thursday, October 15, 2009 - 18:33
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