Prasar Bharati should have been in News for better things and not for bickering that one often notices at much lower intellectual and seniority levels. This exposes shallow and bankruptcy of maturity and administrative keenness to push the organization up by people who were entrusted to do well to organization.
Prasar Bharati and the CEO got cropper in the aborted Slot Auctioning Scheme that smeared all with blackened faces. This is not mere failing of a scheme but one needs to unfold those behind a discriminatory policy that was both unprofessional and corruptive. It’s more important if financial implications were calculated or were they ignored by the Prasar Bharati Board. This assumes a serious matter.
Sources also say the tussle between the Member Executive, also called CEO and Member-Finance that was simmering for long has erupted into a fierce showdown. This becomes apparent more after CEO sponsored Slot Auction Scheme fizzled out. The given information somehow put the onus on the CEO on transgressing areas meant for Finance and this impinges financial authority. Why would CEO stoop to these levels and get smeared for impropriety in the final phase of his otherwise dismal outing. CEO for one is not empowered to interfere in financial matters and Member Finance is equal in rank to the CEO. Someone should have cautioned him.
One learns that ADG (Finance) who for all reasons should have been an integral part of team headed by Member Finance is now asked to report Member- Personnel. This exposes CEOs understanding of financial intricacies and pettiness he was often accused by all Director Generals serving the organization. There can be no palpable justification for even segregating Finance in two and keeping one under Member-Personnel. This settles that Member-Personnel enjoy CEO’s trust and confidence and he becomes an equal partner in the alleged selection of DG Doordarshan causing consternation in entire office.
Jawhar Sircar CEO perhaps does not recall fate of B S Lalli who tried bamboozling A K Jain IAS then Member Finance who in turn got Lalli exposed for the CWG imbroglio. It was A K Jain who refused Lalli writing his ACR and interfering in financial matters. He stood his ground and the Board had to acquiesce. B.S.Lalli had to face the ignominious exit with a Presidential decree. The case still goes on in the Supreme Court. Jawhar Sircar’s tenure too is marred with inefficiency and unpopularity that is pasted on him won’t hold him good. Any confrontation now might hurt him … Koi Samjhaao Yaar !