The government has no intention of interfering in the functioning of Prasar Bharati and would create an enabling environment for better functioning of the corporation, Information and Broadcasting minister Venkaiah Naidu said today.
According to official sources, Naidu said this in a meeting where he took a detailed presentation on the issues and challenges being faced by Prasar Bharati.
“The minister said that the government has the highest regard for the Board of Prasar Bharti and has no intention of interfering in the functioning of the corporation and on the contrary would only like to create an enabling environment for better functioning of Prasar Bharati,” an official said.
Naidu assured Prasar Bharati that its efforts to overcome various bottlenecks would be adequately supported by the I&B ministry.
Minister of State for I&B Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, Prasar Bharati Chairman A Surya Prakash, CEO Jawhar Sircar and members of the board that runs the public broadcaster also attended the 90-minute presentation.
It is learnt that after Sircar made the presentation, Naidu urged officials of the I&B ministry and Prasar Bharati to resolve various issues like shortage of manpower and resources at the earliest as per the provisions of the Prasar Bharati Act.
Naidu also stressed on the need to improve the content and quality of production so as to increase the viewership.