The committee will look into issues such as transfer of employees and assets like real estate and infrastructure, among others, from the government to Prasar Bharti.
Speaking to reporters, information and broadcasting secretary SK Arora said, The committee will study options, including should government take equity in the asset transfer, give subsidies or transfer the assets on loan. All these options have tax considerations and implications too.
The committee recently had its first meeting, and it will be some time before a clear picture emerges, senior officials from the I&B ministry said. Amongst other matters, the committees views will be critical in deciding the future course of action of over 50,000 employees of All India Radio and Doordarshan who have been demanding full-fledged government employee status. At present, they are employees of Prasar Bharti, which has no clear rules on recruitment and promotions.
ISSUES BEFORE COMMITTEE
| Transfer of employees and assets like real estate and infrastructure |
Should government take equity in the asset transfer, give subsidies or transfer the assets on loan
Would 50,000 employees of AIR and DD get full-fledged government employee status
Once a future course of action on Prasar Bharti is decided, it will be able to raise funds for its expansion projects and will not be dependent on the I&B ministry.
Prasar Bharti was incorporated in 1990 as Broadcasting Corporation of India. Although it is independent in its functioning, the funding is provided by the ministry of information & broadcasting on loan.