Govt maintains arm’s length with Prasar Bharati: Manish Tewari

A controversy has erupted after some portions of Modi's interview to Doordarshan were edited.

By: Press Trust of India | New Delhi | Published:May 3, 2014 3:24 pm

Under attack over editing of Narendra Modi’s interview by Doordarshan, the government on Friday said it has maintained “arm’s length” with Prasar Bharati and steps suggested by an expert committee for further autonomy to it are under consideration.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Manish Tewari said the autonomy of the Prasar Bharati is guaranteed by an Act of Parliament and after he took over in October 2012, he had initiated steps to grant more autonomy to it by constituting the Sam Pitroda Committee.

“…the autonomy of Prasar Bharti is guaranteed by an Act of Parliament. Prasar Bharati is a board-run organisation and the I&B Ministry has an arm’s length relationship with Prasar Bharati,” Tewari said here.

The Union minister said he had suggested to the Committee that the relationship between the government and the Prasar Bharati should be on the lines of the relationship the Finance Ministry has with the CAG.

Tewari had also suggested that the budget of Prasar Bharati should be appropriated through the Consolidated Fund of India rather than being routed through the I and B Ministry.

“…the Sam Pitroda Committee submitted its report in February, 2014 and it is under consideration of the government. Pitroda is an Adviser to the PM on public information infrastructure and innovation.

“Therefore, all concerns which have been raised with regard to professional autonomy, with regard to the relationship which I and B ministry has with Prasar Bharati stand squarely answered,” Tewari said.

A controversy has erupted after some portions of Modi’s interview to Doordarshan were edited.

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    Rafiq Azam
    May 3, 2014 at 11:16 am
    Unfortunately, the UPA never understood the meaning of word "Arms Length". Madam Sonia interfered in running of PM's Offfice. All the officers will not tell lies, only Congis and its sycophants will speak lies, and in our mind you are also one of them, Manish.
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    Haren Jhala
    May 3, 2014 at 10:44 am
    Prasarbharti CEO says that Modi's intervie on DD was edited by Manish Tiwari I&B Minster. By saying NO to this , he is a great liar. All respects for him lost.
  3. M
    May 4, 2014 at 7:59 am
    Actually people like Manish,singhvi,Diggy,and their lady spokespersons have contributed to the down fall of Congress.These people were misguiding Sonia and Rahul.
  4. S
    May 3, 2014 at 2:01 pm
    Can you believe this Manish Tiwari who recentl6y appologised to Nitin Gadkari for the withdrawal of a defamation suit filed by Gadkari? He is the person who feigned illness for contesting elections on behalf of congress. Look at his eyes when he spews venom at Modi whever an opportunity comes. All the congress spokesperson had proved characterless and he is waiting for his chance after Abhishek Singhvi and Digvijay Singh.