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‘We are autonomous,’ Prasar Bharati rejects Ministry’s directives


Mains Paper 2: Polity | Ministries & Departments of the Government

From UPSC perspective, the following things are important:

Prelims level: Prasar Bharati, Prasar Bharati Act, DD Free Dish

Mains level: Autonomous organizations and their powers

Prasar Bharati rejects ministry “directives”

  1. Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati has rejected a range of “directives” coming from the Information and Broadcasting Ministry
  2. It said that they constituted “contempt” of the Prasar Bharati Act and are against its autonomy

What is the issue?

  1. I&B ministry had directed to terminate the services of all contractual employees of Prasar Bharati
  2. Ministry had also directed to stop all e-auction of channels on DD Free Dish
  3. The Ministry also wants general entertainment channels to be replaced by channels run by Union Ministries
  4. There was proposal of appointment of a serving IAS officer as Member (Personnel) on the Prasar Bharati Board

Prasar Bharati’s arguments

  1. Under the rules, a committee led by the Vice-President has to recommend the person to be appointed as Member (Personnel) and Member (Finance), who have to be whole-time members and employees of Prasar Bharati
  2. DD Free Dish directive will wreck the finances of Prasar Bharati and the Corporation stands to lose ₹300 crore
  3. Replacement of general entertainment channels would make the bouquet uninteresting and viewership of Doordarshan would crash


Prasar Bharati

  1. Prasar Bharati is a statutory autonomous body established under the Prasar Bharati Act and came into existence on 23.11.1997
  2. It is the Public Service Broadcaster of the country
  3. The objectives of public service broadcasting are achieved in terms of Prasar Bharati Act through All India Radio and Doordarshan
  4. The Act grants autonomy to All India Radio and Doordarshan
  5. They were earlier working as media units under the Ministry of I&B and since the above-said date became constituents of Prasar Bharati
  6. The President of India appoints Chairman and the other Members, except the ex officio members, nominated member and the elected members
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