Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) is the public service broadcaster in the country, with Akashwani (All India Radio) and Doordarshan as its two constituents. It came into existence on 23rd November 1997, with a mandate to organize and conduct public broadcasting services to inform, educate and entertain the public and to ensure a balanced development of broadcasting on radio and television.
The major objectives of the Prasar Bharati Corporation as laid out in the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990 are as follows:
(i)Upholding unity and integrity of the country and the values enshrined in the Constitution.
(ii)Promoting national integration.
(iii)Safeguarding citizens’ rights to be informed on all matters of public interest and presenting a fair and balanced flow of information.
(iv)Paying special attention to the fields of education and spread of literacy, agriculture, rural development, environment, health & family welfare and science & technology.
(v)Creating awareness about women’s issues and taking special steps to protect the interests of children, aged and other vulnerable sections of the society.
(vi)Providing adequate coverage to the diverse cultures, sports and games and youth affairs.
(vii)Promoting social justice, safeguarding the rights of working classes, minorities and tribal communities.
(viii)Expanding broadcasting facilities and promoting research and development in broadcast technology.
Prasar Bharati Board
The Corporation is governed by Prasar Bharati Board, which comprises a Chairman, an Executive Member (also known as Chief Executive Officer), a Member (Finance), a Member (Personnel), six part-time Members, a representative of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting and Directors General of All India Radio and Doordarshan as ex-officio Members.
The Chairman is a part time member with a six year tenure. The Executive Member, the Member (Finance) and the Member (Personnel) are whole time members, also with a six year tenure, subject to the age limit of 62 years.
Prasar Bharati Board meets from time to time and deliberates on important policy issues and gives directions to the executive to implement policy guidelines.
Members of the Board
As on 15.9.05 the composition of Prasar Bharati Board is as follows:
Shri M V KamathChairman
Shri K S SarmaExecutive Member
Shri D P S LambaMember (Personnel)
Shri Pradeep SinghAddl.Secretary,
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (Representative of the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting) Smt Chitra MudgalPart-time Member
Shri Bhupen HazarikaPart-time Member
Shri M L MehtaPart-time Member
Shri R N BisariaPart-time Member
Shri Brijeshwar SinghDirector General, Akashvani (ex-officio) Shri Navin KumarDirector General, Doordarshan (ex-officio)
Prasar Bharati Board functions at the apex level ensuring formulation and implementation of policies of the organization and fulfilment of the mandate in terms of the Prasar Bharati Act, 1990. The Executive Member functions as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Corporation, subject to the control and supervision of the Board. The CEO, the Member (Finance) and the Member (Personnel) perform their functions from the Prasar Bharati headquarters at 2nd Floor, PTI Building, Parliament Street, New Delhi 110001.
All important policy matters relating to finance, administration and personnel are submitted to the CEO and the Board through the Member (Finance) and the Member (Personnel) as required, for the purpose of advice, implementation of proposals and decisions thereon. Officers from different streams working in the Prasar Bharati Secretariat assist the CEO, the Member (Finance) and the Member (Personnel) in integrating actions, operations, plans and policy implementation as well as look after the budget,...