The 2010 Commonwealth Games has become a bone of contention between two members of the Prasar Bharati Corporation, which owns the global telecast rights for the Games. AK Jain, Prasar Bharati’s member finance, has objected to Chief Executive Officer B S Lalli’s expression of interest from foreign companies for the coverage of the Commonwealth Games. Lalli had sought the Prasar Bharati board’s permission to allow foreign companies to offer the telecast facilities for Commonwealth Games, 2010, which the board had approved.
Jain’s objection follows his allegation that no the regular audit of DD accounts was done for last three years and a wrong representation of the facts was being presented to the board.
In what is seen as a retaliatory measure, on February 27 Jain received an order from Information & Broadcasting Ministry, that controls Prasar Bharati, asking him either to quit Indian Administrative Service (IAS) to continue as member of Prasar Bharati Board or return to his parent cadre Arunachal Pradesh.
On Thursday, Jain moved the Central Administrative Tribunal against the order terming it as a complete violation of the rules.
Jain’s objections has found support with CPIM MP Hannan Moolah, who has written to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh seeking cancellation of the tenders. “Instead of giving Rs 430 crore to the foreign television companies for production, Prasar Bharati should buy equipment to improve Doordarshan and All India Radio’s production quality”, Moolah told HT.
However, Director General of Doordarshan Aruna Sharma justified the outsourcing measure, saying the decision has been taken to provide quality coverage. The coverage would be on high-definition transmission facility for which the Central government plans to allocate Rs 300 crore.