With only a day to go for meeting the deadline set by the Geethakrishnan Committee on Expenditure Reforms, the Information and Broadcasting Ministry does not appear in a hurry to implement the recommendations, particularly regarding shutting down or cutting the staff strength of various media units.
I&B Minister Sushma Swaraj replying to a question on Geethakrishnan recommendations in Rajya Sabha, said, ‘‘The report of Geethakrishnan Committee has been considered... However, no final decision has been taken in the matter.’’
This is despite July 31 being the last date set by the Finance Ministry to implement the Geethakrishnan recommendations. Ms Swaraj, however, met Finance Minister Yashwant Sinha a few times in the past one month to discuss these recommendations. There’s also a question mark over the budget allocation for some of the media units beyond the July 31 deadline.