Though Prakash Javadekar has stressed on the importance of the public service broadcaster's autonomy, Prasar Bharati officials have several times in the past complained of the government encroaching on its independence.
Established through an act which safeguards its autonomy, Information and Broadcasting Minister Prakash Javadekar said "Autonomy of the Prasar Bharati is important. We will retain it... We want Prasar Bharati to work smoothly and bring new programmes and find new dimensions".
Prasar Bharati CEO Shashi Shekhar Vempati said these issues would be discussed at the board meeting. The board had last “deliberated” on a draft of the MoU in September 2017, after which it had given its nod.