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Wednesday February 23, 2011
governance structure of Prasar Bharati
Strongly indicting Prasar Bharti for
irregularities in the telecast rights for CWG
Games, a high-level probe panel constituted by the government
has blamed the governance structure established by the
Ministry of Information and Broadcasting for the lapses saying
it proved unequal to the task.
Replying to a question in the Lok Sabha today(22-02-20100,Minister
for Information and Broadcasting Ambika Soni said
major findings of the first report of the High Level Committee
have said that the governance structure established by the
Ministry proved unequal to the task.
"While it enabled the Host Broadcasting Monitoring
Committee headed by CEO Prasar Bharti to make recommendations
and secure approvals of the oversight committee, the latter
chaired by Minister of Information and Broadcasting were
unable to prevent the abuse of authority or even observance of
due process by the former," she said.
After its constitution in June 2009, the Group of
Ministers on Commonwealth met 17 times up to March
5, 2010 when Prasar Bharti finally entered into an
agreement with SIS Live.
The PB was part of the agenda in these meetings without any
noticeable results, she quoted the report as saying.
The report further goes on to say that the Committee
of Secretaries monitoring the preparations kept nudging the
Prasar Bharti but then CEO B S Lalli remained "undeterred from
his objective of awarding the contract to SIS Live and
thereafter facilitate its assignment to Zoom communications".
"The CEO Prasar Bharti in concert with the DG
Doordarshan and some other senior entities were able to imposerestrictive
and inflexible conditions in the tendering process
to discourage competition," it said.
Prasar Bharti assumed no role in planning, methodology
and management by outsourcing Host Broadcast operations in
their entirety and ignored quantitative and qualitative
deviations in supply of equipment and instances of breach of
contract, including non-supply of key personnel other staff
The report said that the CEO PB and DG DD were able to
misrepresent and suppress information crucial for informed
decision making, disregard or flout established pratices vis avis
expression of interest or request for proposal thereby
vitiating the selection process to the advantage of SIS Live.
Prasar Bharti has also deliberately delayed decisions
to accomplish its pre-meditated objective as fait accompli, it
said concluding that "these actions are strongly suggestive of
collusion between CEO Prasar Bharti and Director General DD
and the service provider".
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