Thursday, December 23, 2010


The Information and Broadcasting Ministry is considering of amendments to the Prasar Bharti Act to make it "conducive" for better functioning of the public broadcaster without tampering with the spirit of the autonomy of the legislation. "We do not want to tamper with the Act," Information and Broadcasting Minister Ambika Soni told reporters that "we would like to make the act as healthy and as conducive to a public broadcaster as possible." Soni said that the Group of Ministers on Prasar Bharti, headed by Home Minister P Chidambaram, would be presented with the proposed amendments. The Information and Broadcasting Secretary was given three to four months to look at some amendments and he would be formulating his report shortly, she said. Sources in the ministry said that the amendments would also look at the employee problems of the public broadcaster like payment of salaries and promotions. A proposal might be put forward before the GoM of the I and B Ministry taking over the payment of salaries and dues and splitting into half with the public broadcaster the other costs recurred. The sources said that nobody has been appointed to replace Lalli as he has not been removed but only suspended pending inquiry.

Source: Hindusan Times

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