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Kajol faces axe from Prasar Bharati board for skipping meetings

The actor’s absence was discussed at the last board meeting, with several members pointing out the aberration and seeking action. Issue is currently being discussed by the I&B ministry

india Updated: May 18, 2017 16:55 IST
Smriti Kak Ramachandran, Hindustan Times, New Delhi
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Kajol says she regrets not being able to attend Prasar Bharti board meetings.(PTI file)

Actor Kajol faces possible removal from the board of public broadcaster Prasar Bharati for not attending its meetings, say government sources.

The issue is currently being examined by the information and broadcasting ministry.

Prasar Bharati, comprising Doordarshan television network and All India Radio, is an autonomous body that comes under the ministry’s administrative jurisdiction.

The actor who was appointed as a part time member of the board in February 2016 has not attended the last four meetings, which makes her liable for removal from the position.

As per its rules, a member is “deemed to have vacated office if absent for three consecutive meetings of the Board without the leave of the chairman.”

Kajol’s spokesperson Jaiveer told HT: “Kajol, unfortunately, has not been able to attend the last three-four meetings due to prior professional commitments and also due to a family emergency on medical grounds through most of this year. Prior to this, she attended the meetings. She regrets that she has been unable to attend the last few meetings.”

A source told HT that the actor’s absence without permission was discussed at the last board meeting, with several members pointing out the aberration and seeking action.

A report was subsequently sought by the ministry about the actor’s absence.

Kajol was in the news recently after she sought to clarify that a meat dish, she was photographed eating, was not beef.

“A notice will be sent to the actor on her absence and subsequent action will be decided by the ministry,” said an official source. HT has sought Kajol’s reaction over the issue, but she is yet to respond.

Members are paid airfare, hotel and travel payment and an allowance for attending the board meetings.

Prasar Bharati is governed by the Prasar Bharati Board, which comprises a chairman, an executive member, a member each for finance and personnel matters, six part-time members, a representative of the ministry and the directors general of All India Radio and Doordarshan as ex-officio members.

First Published: May 18, 2017 13:48 IST