The GoM on Prasar Bharati has recommended that the Government should meet total salary of the employees of the organisation and expenses related to their pay while other expenses shall be borne by the national broadcaster from its internal revenue earnings.
"The projections of Prasar Bharati, duly approved by its board, were considered by the GoM and it recommended that during the next five years, Government non-plan support would be extended for meeting 100 per cent expenses towards salary and salary-related expenses and augmentation and replacement of capital assets," Minister of State for I&B C M Jatua said.
In a written reply in the Lok Sabha, he said the GoMs' recommendations came after it directed Prasar Bharati to rework its net revenue earning projection. Based on an earlier projection, the GoM had initially recommended that 50 per cent of the annual operating expenses of Prasar Bharati should be borne by it and remaining 50 per cent will be met from non-plan grants-in-aid by the Government.
However, in view of the concern expressed by the standing committee on Information Technology, as also by various employee organisation of Prasar Bharati on the revenue earning potential of Prasar Bharati, the GoM had asked it to rework its net revenue earning projections, the Minister said. He said the recommendation of the GoM on the revised funding pattern of Prasar Bharati is based on future revenue earning potential of the organisation, its role as a public broadcaster and to address the concerns of the employee organisations.