“The story of emergency should be told to every generation; for the protection of democratic values, it is very important that they know what happens when democracy is derailed”, said Prasar Bharati chairperson A Surya Prakash.
Announcing Vempati’s appointment on Twitter, Union Information and Broadcasting Minister M Venkaiah Naidu posted, “Hope PB [Prasar Bharati] scales new heights under you leadership.”
The complaints of ‘sexual harassment’ is filed by a group of women who have been working as casual FM presenters (Radio Jockeys) with All India Radio FM.
Apart from Chari, the new list also includes names of actor Vikram Gokhale, academician Vartika Nanda, film writer Prakash Kapadia and two other eminent persons.
The Health Ministry has withdrawn Rs 100 crore it had earmarked for campaigns on Prasar Bharati, and the Agriculture Ministry has informed that it is more than halving its spend on Prasar Bharati.
He added that the I&B Ministry owed Prasar Bharati ‘some 400 crores of rupees that we paid on their behalf’.
Sources indicated that the top officials were likely to take the matter up with the I&B ministry soon.
The guidelines-delving into minute details at times—make for curious reading.
Prasar Bharati board also has over half-a-dozen posts vacant.
Says wants advantage over other channels.
Political will to let it mature has been absent. That is not its own failing.
The I&B Ministry has also conveyed to the PMO that a thorough review was in order.
The channel will provide information related to aspects like weather forecast and seeds.
Orders two FM channels to phase out casual presenters
In this Idea Exchange moderated by Senior Editor Archna Shukla, Sircar notes that he was brought in to clean up the body.