Based on recommendations of a group of ministers (GoM), the I&B ministry is planning several amendments in the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990 which include omitting provisions for constitution of a Broadcasting Council and a separate Parliamentary Committee for Prasar Bharati. "The Ministry has prepared a Cabinet note on various recommendations of the GoM and circulated the same for inter ministerial consultation," Minister of State in the I&B Ministry Shri S Jagathrakshakan said on Tuesday in a statement tabled in the Lok Sabha.
"Besides the GoM recommendations on financial and manpower issues of Prasar Bharati, the Cabinet Note contained certain legislative proposals relating to amendments to the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990, as suggested by the GoM," he said. Jagathrakshakan gave details of the action taken by his ministry on recommendations made by the Standing Committee on Information and Technology in its 22nd report on Demand for Grants (2011-12) for the I&B ministry.
Jagthrakshakan said that the I&B ministry was also issuing another Cabinet note on financial restructuring of the Prasar Bharati and filling up of essential posts, following recommendations of the GoM. He said the GoM had made several recommendations regarding Prasar Bharati including the composition of the board, the procedure for appointment, removal and tenures of chairperson and the members, the power of government to issue directions to Prasar Bharati.
"Based on the recommendations of the GoM, Ministry has initiated action for carrying out amendments to the PB (Prasar Bharati) Act in consultation with the Ministry of Law and Justice," the minister said. He also said that the I&B ministry was trying to set up mechanisms so that it can utilise its funds better and all major activities of the ministry were being monitored.