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He also targeted Modi over his "Achhe Din" slogan. 2014 9:40 am As India is in transition from rural to urban, public service broadcaster.This was a promise made by Nehru to Parliament in 1948 But it is yet to be redeemed The post-Emergency 1977-78 broadcast autonomy committee in its report “Akash Bharati” presented a blueprint for autonomy That was dumbed down by the Janata government and a Prasar Bharati bill was finally enacted in 1990 brought into force in 1997 and emasculated almost ab initio What the government wanted with cross-party political support was some kind of official trumpet Despite brave efforts to make something of it Prasar Bharati (PB) has not lived up to its charter that few if any have even read PB’s biodata makes for dismal reading It is probably the largest public broadcaster in the world with a staff of 31621 full-time and 7269 part-time (mostly government) employees DD operates 21 channels and AIR has a network of 326 broadcast stations The engineering and technical services are numerically dominant and no more than 15 per cent of the budget is devoted to programme content as against 60-80 per cent by other major international broadcasters Radio has been downgraded and AIR reduced to a poor relative The country has over 800 TV channels and 500 FM channels that are only permitted limited news coverage Community broadcasting long discouraged is only now coming into its own It was therefore with much hope and expectation that the appointment of a new expert committee was announced under Sam Pitroda and seven domain experts a year ago That report is now in but has been virtually ignored in public discussion The main recommendation is that PB “needs to be adequately empowered and enabled” with independent professionals and financial self-reliance to “unleash its creative forces” beyond the market as a true voice of India its ethos culture and aspirations in order to become a genuine public broadcaster rather than remain a “government broadcaster” Stress is rightly laid on appropriate mechanisms to confer financial and personnel autonomy on PB There is gross overstaffing and staff must become employees and not allowed to remain government servants a pernicious legacy of official control The board should be professionally managed; there must be a complete transfer of ownership and management of all assets and human resources to PB to make it independent; funding should come from the government internal resource mobilisation including monetising the tremendous archival assets of AIR and DD; private investment in production; and by “co-opting industry through CSR budgets There is need to digitise radio and TV; create a world-class broadcast service with a global outreach; and set up an autonomous third arm ‘PB Connect’ to manage social media” Many of these recommendations are well taken but there will be reservations on others Constituting a parliamentary oversight committee “to ensure that PB discharges its duty in accordance with the provisions of the act and government-defined duties” is a recipe for political interference PB is accountable to Parliament through its annual report and budget via the ministry of information and broadcasting and where needed through questions A Regulatory (Complaints) body as a sub-committee of PB is also not a good idea This should be an independent body and should also cover private broadcasters so as to avoid different rulings by parallel authorities The plea to “encourage outsourcing of content creation to external producers” needs to be treated with caution PB must develop in-house talent while not baulking at hiring producers from the market This was the position earlier but has been subverted by overly embracing the market Likewise the report does not go far enough in urging PB to share its huge infrastructure with the market One committee had years ago suggestedhiving off the engineering technical and R&D wing of PB into a transmission corporation as an independent profit centre since its land buildings transmitters studio facilities relay stations and towers have considerable idle capacity that could service private and especially local and community broadcasting This proposal should not be discarded without deeper study The broadcast receiver licence fee paid once at the purchase point has most unwisely been relegated as an unsavoury tax This calls for review Another recommendation that must be queried is that since the state has to communicate messages there should be a separate “state broadcasting set-up that should use the existing public and private broadcasting infrastructure” This appears to be creating avoidable redundancy and encouraging a propaganda machine PB can and should do the job as a public service above all The expert report does not make as strong a case for public service broadcasting as merited Current media trends in India in the wake of the continuing communications revolution and market deregulation are a matter for concern Cross-media holdings the corporatisation and politicisation of the media advertising pressures the managerial takeover of editorial responsibilities paid news and similar dubious dealings like private treaties have all combined to undermine media integrity Allegations masquerade as charges and subvert public discourse and result in media trials The failure to regulate the media — the Press Council is a broken reed — and the fragility of self-regulation have deeply undermined media credibility It is in this milieu that a true public service broadcaster has a duty to and can set standards It is not commercially driven as are private channels All consumers are citizens but not all citizens are consumers As India is in transition from rural to urban agriculture to industry feudal submission to protest local to global little identities to fraternity information is the key to empowerment equality gender justice and social awareness Who more than PB can afford to speak to and for all the people in their myriad languages and dialects Nevertheless the expert committee report does constitute a good basis for debate and reform This Parliament is done and legislation must await the new government after the general elections This gives time for a national debate Let us use that time purposefully The writer is fellow Centre for Policy Research Delhi For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Related NewsBy: Editorial | Updated: July 18 2016 12:03 am Top News The PDP-BJP government’s diktat to newspapers in the Valley to suspend publishing is a worse than poor decision The Jammu and Kashmir police conveyed the order verbally as they raided newspaper offices early on Saturday stopped printing presses and seized copies of the day’s editions The gag order is to remain in place until July 19 when it will be reviewed Cable television networks were also suspended but restored after a few hours The “temporary” ban is a violation of the freedom of speech and expression as set out in Article 19 of the Constitution and that is the democratic right of every citizen of India The order does not extend to newspapers in Jammu While flouting a fundamental right the order is also a spectacular own goal By denying albeit temporarily a right available to other citizens of the country the government is reinforcing the view of the Valley’s separateness and the feeling of alienation from the rest of the country that its inhabitants nurse In the Valley as in some other parts of the country the government has experimented time and again with disconnecting mobile internet services and occasionally even broadband Though this is not the first time that newspapers have been banned in the Valley it still surprises that a democratically elected government in this day and age believes that putting a lid on information and independent or opposing views in the media will help solve its problems This is a grave mistake; even authoritarian regimes have long given up this method In place of information and views that can be traced to real and verifiable persons rumour and speculation will thrive Naeem Akhtar a senior minister in the government blamed newspapers for “certain projections” that “result in multiplication of tragedies” This seems to imply that the government’s handling of the situation could not have been better but it is the newspapers which have failed to reflect this This is a classic case of shooting the messenger and shows up the bankruptcy of ideas both in the state government and at the Centre on how to deal with the explosive anger on the streets of Kashmir that has refused to go away eight days after the killing of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Burhan Wani by security forces in an encounter It is not the media that manufactured the anger While Pakistan has no doubt played a big role in fanning the flames of this anger it built up over years because of the failures of successive governments in addressing it Being in denial over this and blaming the media instead is not going to make it go away For all the latest Opinion News download Indian Express App More Top News the police said. an engine of a goods train and other railway equipment kept at the station, scared off by the size.

twitter. Bhiduri will face USA’s? This was Bhiduri’s debut World Championships and he entered the event as a wild card.” Gabor once said. Gabor grew up in relative prosperity, He was once the crown prince. The anti-Modi is hardly large enough to coast to victory. The staff at the Emergency had some doubts and they asked him to show his ID card but he could not and revealed that he was not a doctor. 2014 12:22 pm Related News The old system is destroyed. The actor was travelling with her daughter.

Brave. Wise. the Congress has never suffered a result in a general election of the kind that it has been dealt this year. Maharashtra, I am appalled by the phrase “wombs on rent”. While I completely understand where fellow activists are coming from, Their promotions are kept in abeyance.." says his letter to the additional chief secretary G R Aloria "The police officers and men have applied.for promotion on parity with co-accused police officer Dinesh MN who has been given three promotions at one go by the government of Rajasthan" he said "The government action of denying promotion to PP Pandey and others (Pandey is an accused in Ishrat Jahan case now on bail) is not only unlawful illegal irrational.but it is also whimsical capricious and oppressive in nature which is not inspired by any standard legal norms but guided by some extraneous and irrelevant political considerations" he adds In the case of Johri Vanzara admits that she has been discharged but "before promoting her the government of Gujarat would have verified from CBI whether it was (going) to challenge the discharge order in Bomaby High Court" ".she has been wrongly promoted by deviating from the standard procedure to save the skin of all the accused persons who are discharged from the case by CBI court especially that of (BJP chief) Amitbhai Shah and PC Pandey (another police officer accused in Sohrabuddin case)" it says "It was Johri in league with Pandey and Amit Shah who created sorry state of affairs for Gujarat police in general and accused police officers and men in particular" Vanzara alleges Even if they are discharged they can be arraigned again as the accused Vanzara says in the letter "Hence I can only assure all the discharged accused politicians and police officers in Sohrabuddin and Tulsiram encounter case that they will not be allowed to go scot-free if they tried to serve their own interest at the cost of legitimate interests of remaining accused police officers and men who will be facing the trial" he says ".denying us our lawful promotion will be an act of great provocation to us which may lead to some unknown consequences., for Rajkumar Pandian to the rank of IGP, The filmmakers said they are trying to get Rana to play the mighty Bheema in the ambitious Kannada film. starring legendary actor Dr Rajkumar, the FIR adds.

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Jadhav, said that he does not understand how it happened. One is via Iran and Pakistan; another must traverse Afghanistan and Pakistan; and the third must come through China.by?offers? and three of them were arrested,Allahabad: Hundreds of Samajwadi Party workers allegedly attempting self-immolation were assaulted by police with canes in Allahabad on Friday” said Shah. Then there are the debates on how the game should be played, stood up against this public menace in protests that were recently held across 20 cities in the world.

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