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Prasar Bharti Act doesn't bar appointment of IAS officers to its board: Rathore

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The Act does not bar the appointment of IAS officers as member (personnel) on the public broadcaster's board, informed the parliament today.

He was responding in the Lok Sabha to a query on whether the and had proposed the appointment of an (IAS) as full-time member (personnel) on Board in violation of its Act.

Media reports, quoting sources, had claimed that the board in its meeting on February 15 dropped the ministry's proposal for appointment of IAS as member (personnel) as some of the board members felt that such appointments would amount to "contempt of the Prasar Bharati Act.

As per the Prasar Bharati ((Corporation of India) Act, 1990, member (personnel) shall be a person having special knowledge or practical experience in respect of and administration.

The Act does not bar IAS officers from being appointed as member (personnel) on the In the past, such officers have been appointed as member (personnel), for Information and said in a written reply in the

He said the appointment of any member on the was made by the on the recommendation of a committee consisting of vice president, of the and one nominee of the

The information and broadcasting ministry is the nodal ministry for the Prasar Bharati, which runs and All Radio (AIR).

To another query on whether the government had proposed to terminate the services of all contractual employees of the Prasar Bharati, Rathore said, There is no such proposal by the government.

However, he said after receiving a complaint alleging engagement of consultants in Prasar Bharati without assessment of need, formal approval or selection by transparent manner with reference to a set of qualification, skills and experience, the I&B ministry had on February 5 suggested the national broadcaster to stop such engagements as also not to grant extension/renewal to consultants, as it contravenes the order of and to discontinue contracts of other consultants.

had also stated that the board members of during the February 15 meeting took objection to the I&B ministry's directive regarding termination of contractual employees of the national broadcaster.

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First Published: Thu, March 15 2018. 17:40 IST