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PB board drops I&B bid for IAS officer's posting:Sources

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

Information and ministry proposed appointment of an as the Member (Personnel) on Prasar Bharati, however, sources said the bid was dropped at its board meeting today.

There was no official confirmation from the I&B ministry on the issue. The I&B is the nodal ministry for the Prasar Bharati, which runs and All Radio (AIR).

According to the agenda papers for today's meeting, the ministry while contending that "an could be an asset" for the public service broadcaster, "proposed that at least for one term in the interest of the organisation, the post of Member (Personnel) in be filled up by an on deputation (through the ACC route), keeping the relevant recruitment provision in abeyance."

However, sources privy to the meeting, said the proposal was dropped during the meeting. When contacted, I&B officials refused to comment.

The position of the member (personnel) is currently lying vacant.

A Surya Prakash and some other board members have opined that the appointment of an IAS officer would amount to contempt of Act passed by Parliament, the sources said.

Besides, it would also be "denigrating" the office of the who is required under the provision of the Act as of the selection committee to make board-level appointments, they added.

Another resolution that was dropped in the meeting was regarding the appointment of two senior journalists as of and of Prasar Bharati Service (AIR), the sources said, adding that they were dropped on the grounds of high costs.

Besides, some of the board members, including Prakash, also took objection to the "ministry's directive" regarding termination of contractual employees of the Prasar Bharati, they said.

The board members expressed concern over the consequences of such a move on the functioning of various services of the broadcaster, they said.

The Prasar Bharati Board comprises a chairman, an executive member (CEO), a Member (Finance), a Member (Personnel), six part-time members, a of the information and ministry and the directors general of AIR and as ex-officio members.

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First Published: Thu, February 15 2018. 23:10 IST