Ministry of Information and Broadcasting signs MoU with Prasar Bharati
Autonomous bodies, including Prasar Bharati which receive grants-in-aid from the government are required to sign an MoU with the relevant ministry for the release of funds allocated to them in the Union Budget by the central government.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting and Prasar Bharati, the parent organisation of Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR) have reached an agreement, which was vital to the release of funds to the public broadcaster.
The Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) was signed between Prasar Bharati and the ministry in May this year. This is following a standoff between Prasar Bharati and the MIB Ministry on several issues. Media reports stated that the ministry was withholding funds for the payment of employees’ salaries.
Responding to the reports, Prasar Bharati CEO, S S Vempati said that the Rs 208 crores released by the public broadcaster towards payment of salaries to its staff on 28 February 2018 were from its own reserves. This prompted the ministry to issue a statement stating that Prasar Bharati had not signed the requisite MoU which is required by autonomous bodies for receiving grants-in-aid.
The ministry releases around Rs 200 crores to Prasar Bharati every month, from which a substantial amount of it goes towards the payment of salaries.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting had earlier released Rs 1,989 crores to Prasar Bharati as grants-in-aid for payment of salaries to its employees.
Autonomous bodies which receive grants-in-aid from the government are required to sign an MoU with the relevant ministry for the release of funds allocated to them in the Union Budget by the central government.
Apart from Prasar Bharati, the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting also signed Memoranda of Understanding with the Film and Television Institute of India (FTII), the Indian Institute of Mass Communication (IIMC) and the Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute.
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