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Prasar Bharati must stand on its own feet, says chairperson Surya Prakash

MUMBAI: Prasar Bharati’s new chairperson A Surya Prakash has called for better administration and has said that it must generate more revenues, monetise its assets and ‘stand on its own feet’ to achieve full autonomy and financial independence.

“I am of the view that as we go along, this corporation must generate more revenues; monetise its assets and one fine day stand on its own feet… I will say, that, if you want to get to full autonomy, you must become financially independent. It is very important,” he said.

The urgent need, according to Prakash, is that there are employees who have not got promotions for 20 years.

Speaking about Prasar Bharti’s autonomy, he told PTI, “If you ask me—are we there? We are still not there. There are two reasons, the bulk of our employees are central government employees. You are still to have the Prasar Bharati Recruitment Board (PBRB) in place. So bulk of our employees are central government employees and 50 per cent of our budget comes from the Union government.”

Prakash added that budgetary support this year is approximately 50 per cent of the budget of Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India).

“In the road to autonomy, we are somewhere on that road. This Act mandates us to be always on that road, so that at some point of time we really get there. It is irrespective of who is running the Union government,” he said.

The new chairperson felt that Prasar Bharati must have its own employees. The pubcaster must have enough resources to manage on its own, Prakash said.