The Centre is all for preserving the essence of Prasar Bharati as a
public service broadcaster despite host of problems ailing the organisation.
This comes on the day when its CEO BS Lalli was suspended over allegations
of irregularities. This is for the first time in Prasar Bharti's existence
as an autonomous body,
The group of ministers (GoM) looking at the financial restructuring
and other aspects of Prasar Bharati is expected to meet shortly to review
comprehensive amendments to the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990.
all for making recommendations to the GoM regarding amending the provisions
of the Prasar Bharati Act, which will uphold the spirit and essence of
Prasar Bharati. We will submit our recommendations to the GoM, which will
benefit the organisation and its employees in times to come,” Ambika Soni,
I&B minister told FE.
about how Prasar Bharati will function with its CEO under suspension, Soni
said there was already a committee appointed by the court apart from the
Prasar Bharati Board, which are competent to look after its functioning
Prasar Bharati, which operates Doordarshan and All India Radio and employs
nearly 38,000, is an autonomous body formed by an act of Parliament.
However, its functioning has not been smooth in recent years. As a result of
that, it has been subjected to a group of ministers (GoM) evaluating its
financial viability and functioning. Also, its actions are scrutinised by a
standing committee of the Parliament regularly.
Apart from allegations of irregularities against its CEO, the
organisation has been in the thick of turmoil with problems of delayed
payments of salaries to the employees, disparity in financial status between
different grades of employees, no promotion for 16 years at several levels,
and uncertainty in the status as a government employee among others.