New Delhi, Mar 2: The Information and Broadcasting Ministry on Friday denied vendetta against Prasar Bharati and said that the government is committed to protecting the interests of all the broadcasting agency’s employees. The Ministry’s comes in the wake of the conflict between Prasar Bharati Board and the Ministry over the reports that the Ministry had refused to release funds, since December 2017, meant for salaries of the agency’s employees. Also Read - Smriti Irani Reacts to #MeToo Battle Between Anurag Kashyap And Payal Ghosh, Read on
In a statement, the Ministry said that the “misinformation is based on ill-will and incorrect appreciation with half-baked facts and is tantamount to causing loss of reputation of the Government in public eyes.” Also Read - 'Why Did You Shut Handloom Board?' Smriti Irani Draws Flak For Her Handloom Day Tweet
The Ministry described the report as “a deliberate, sinister, motivated campaign … by some elements to wrongfully tarnish the image of the Ministry of I&B by reporting that money to Prasar Bharati is not being released after December, 2017 as a retaliation to Prasar Bharati not obeying certain dictates of the Ministry.” Also Read - I am Very Interested in Politics! Smriti Irani's Rare Video From Miss India Contest Goes Viral
“Fiscal prudence and accountability is the very fulcrum of the functioning of any government organisation. Prasar Bharati is as much bound by the General Financial Rules (GFR) of the Government of India as any Ministry or any organisation receiving grants-in-aid from the Government,” it said.
It further added that as per Government’s General Financial Rules (GFR), Prasar Bharati “must sign a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU)” with the I&B Ministry, “clearly bringing out the physical and financial targets with timelines for activities to be done by utilising the said grant during that financial year.”
It further added that no MoU has been signed by the Prasar Bharati despite repeated reminders.