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Tuesday January 04, 2011
Bharti appoints Rajiv Takru as CEO
The Prasar Bharati Board has asked information and
broadcasting ministry additional secretary Rajiv Takru to take charge of the
work of suspended CEO, BS Lalli.
It also set up five fast
track committees — each headed by a board member — to come up with reports
for the way forward on every aspect of the public broadcaster’s functioning.
All five committees will be submitting monthly updates and will have to turn
in their final reports by March 31.
Takru was the government
nominee on the board and will be reporting to board chairperson Mrinal Pande
for his work as executive member.
In the absence of any
provisions in the Prasar Bharati Act to appoint an acting CEO, the only
solution open to the board was to ask any full-time member to carry out the
The first committee will deal with finance
and audit. It will undertake a financial assessment of assets and
liabilities and identify areas of concern. The committee will also examine
PB’s system of audits and examine whether internal audits can be introduced.
The second committee will deal with personnel problems that have been
plaguing the public broadcaster. In addition to a complete personnel audit,
the committee will examine and prepare report on all pending court cases.
Identifying vacancies, expediting recruitment rules, salary grievances and
working conditions will also be addressed by this committee.
Takru himself will head two
committees. The Project Monitoring Implementation Committee will devise
suitable marketing and promotional strategy. The Production and Content
Committee will come up with the master plan for resource utilisation. The
fifth committee will be headed by the chairperson and will deal with
strategy and vision.
When it vested Takru with the power to carry out
Lalli’s work, the board dissolved a three-member committee that had been
appointed earlier by the Delhi High Court.
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