Prasar Bharati Chairman clarifies

IN Media Watch Briefs | 06/03/2018

Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash has said that the Hoot's assertion that  the Chairman of Prasar Bharati, a Part-time Member of the Prasar Bharati Board a was made a full-time Member by a notification of the Government without amending the Act as such, is "incorrect, misleading and malafide." The letter says "The Chairman continues to be a Part-time Member of the Board. Section 6(8), read with Section 32 (2)(b) empowers the Central Government to make rules with regard to the allowances payable to the Chairman and Part-time Members. The notification mentioned in the article relates to the notification dated 5th June, 2015 that was issued in pursuance of the aforementioned provisions only." The Hoot's assertion was based on a media report. Going by the  clarification the chairman is still a part time member of the board though he attends office daily and receives a daily allowance.                       

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