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Krishan Kant panel to appoint Prasar Bharti CEO

16-December-2000
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Krishan Kant panel to appoint Prasar Bharti CEO

The Information & Broadcasting ministry has given the go-ahead to the four-member high level committee headed by vice president Krishan Kant to appoint the Prasar Bharati Corporation CEO as well as two full-time members of the Prasar Bharati board: member (personnel) and member (finance).

Breaking the two-year impasse, the ministry had initiated the process of appointment of the chairman and three part-time members only last month.

The minister for Information & Broadcasting, Sushma Swaraj said she had written to the Committee only on Wednesday and was hopeful that the Prasar Bharati would soon become operational with a "regular CEO and members".

She did not comment on the status of the Shunu Sen Committee recommendations which has made various other suggestions on downsizing of staff and a general revamp of both DD and AIR. But made it clear that it was better to have the Prasar Bharati up and running, while the process was on to resolve such matters.

At present the Board is "formally functioning" with three part-time members — B G Verghese, U R Rao and Abid Hussain; one executive member — Rajeeva Ratan Shah and one representative of the ministry — Aruna Makhan, additional secretary and financial adviser.

The full 15-member Board would comprise a chairman, six part time members and the permanent chief executive member and member (finance) and member (personnel), Director-General (AIR) and DG-DD as ex-officio members, one representative of the ministry and two representatives of the employees of the Corporation.

The Act provides that the term of office of part-time members shall be six years, but one third of such members shall retire after every second year to facilitate which, the President is empowered to make provisions to curtail the term of office of some of the parttime members.

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