IT Committee warns MIB, Prasar Bharati for meagre utilisation of funds

The Shashi-Tharoor led committee expressed disappointment over MIB's underutilisation of funds and the delay of NCoE project

e4m by exchange4media Staff
Updated: Dec 15, 2019 9:10 AM



The Second Report of the Committee on ‘Demands for Grants (2019-2020)’ related to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has been presented by the Lok Sabha Standing Committee. Helmed by Dr Shashi Tharoor, the committee has pulled up MIB over issues of underutilisation of funds.

As per the committee’s contentions, MIB’s utilisation of funds for Prasar Bharati and Film Sector is much below the expected target. Prasar Bharati had only spent Rs 26.83 crore and Film Sector Rs 156 crore from the total allocation of Rs 473 crore.

MIB has been issued a warning by the committee, who advised the ministry to investigate the reason for the underutilisation of funds and find measures to fix the problem.

This is not the first time the committee has expressed concerns about MIB’s performance. In 2017-18 and in 2018-2019. It advised the ministry to keep a check on their shortcomings and focus on the proper implementation of schemes and programmes.

The Standing Committee also expressed their displeasure at the delay of the National Centre for Excellence for Animation, Visual Effects, Gaming and Comics (NCoE), which was approved with a total budget of Rs 167.70 crore. The ministry has delayed its launch since it hasn’t found an operating and academic partner.

The committee recommends that the ministry finalises the partner and optimise the funds meant for the project. With regards to Prasad Bharati, it hopes that MIB takes the appropriate actions necessary to implement schemes and properly utilised the funds earmarked for them.

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