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ShareHow Much You Pay for Prasar Bharati.!

By:Joseph Martin CJ

                      It is a fact that the tax payers money in a democratic country needs to be spend in responsible manner .There is nothing wrong  if  the government of a democratic country trying to control and reduce the government expenditure ,keeping in mind the genuine interest of its citizens and the nation ,( with out  sacrificing  its social responsibilities towards the citizens).

                Our concern here is restricted to Public Service broadcaster and National Broadcaster, Prasar Bharati. All over the world Pubic Broadcasters facing brutal axe on its funding by the governments, which became a serious threat to the quality of its services to their citizens and even a  threat to their very existence itself.Prasar Bharati also going to face or facing  the same scenario due to the government decision to fund only the fifty percentage of its operating expenses.

             In this scenario let us examine how much  tax payers valuable money our nation and its citizens paying for Prasar Bharati's (AIR&DD's) various diversified services .   

            On 09.03.2010,  Hon’ble Minister of State for I&B Shri. Mohan Jatua, tabled in the  Lok Sabha  the following statement ,  regarding  the details of income, expenditure and gap in income & expenditure of All India Radio & Doordarshan for the last four years  as under: (STARRED QUESTION NO .166 ANSWERED ON 09.03.2010 in the LOK SABHA  ,link to the statement .

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Gap Between Expenditure & Income

















Amount in Crore of Rupees,For the year 2009-10 figures are provisional.

            If the income ,expenditure and gap between  expenditure & income (Revenue deficit) of Prasar Bharati is calculated for the last four financial years it will be,

Average income ..................=1058.7Crore

Average expenditure ..........=2406.7Crore

Average Revenue deficit...=1348.0Crore

            Up to now this revenue deficit of Prasar Bharati was  completely funded by the government and in effect this revenue deficit was the governments expenditure for Prasar Bharati.So the governments or tax payers  average spending in the last four financial years for Prasar Bharati's services were 1348.00 Crore.

               India   the largest democracy in the world with second largest population,with an estimated population of 1.13 billion, (as per 2008 survey).The average expense  per citizens/year   towards Prasar Bharati in the last for years was  1348.00 Crore/113 Crore= 11.9 rupees /citizen/year only .

               We want to ask the policy makers and the  each citizen  of this country to decide   whether this  just 11.9 rupees /citizen/year  expenditure for Prasar Bharati and its services  is justified or not?.

               It is certain  that, even those opposed to the very concept of Public Service Broadcasting and National Broadcasting, will agree that this expenditure of  just 11.9 rupees /citizen/year for  the Public Service Broadcaster and National Broadcaster  of the largest democracy in the world is  absolutely justifiable.


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