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Actors Kajol & Vikram Gokhale short-listed for filling vacancies in Prasar Bharati Board

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NEW DELHI: Bollywood star Kajol and former editor of RSS mouthpiece 'Organiser' Seshadri Chari are among a fresh panel of names drawn up by Information and Broadcasting Ministry for the two vacant positions of part-time members of the Prasar Bharati Board.

Some of the others names on the list include actors Minhaz Merchant and actor Vikram Gokhale.

Around eight names have been prepared and forwarded to the selection committee headed by vice president M Hamid Ansari. The committee also comprises Press Council of India chairman Justice (retd) C K Prasad and I&B secretary Sunil Arora.

Ministry sources said several of the names, including that of Kajol and Chari were also among those forwarded last time when four part-time members were chosen.

In its earlier meeting in October last year, the three-member committee had chosen former PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee's media advisor Ashok Tandon and noted Bhajan singer Anup Jalota, businessmen Sunil Alagh and Shashi Shekhar, who headed an online media company, Niti Digital, as members of the board of the public broadcaster.

As some members have completed their term, two vacancies have arisen and so the Ministry has now prepared a list for the Committee expected to meet towards the end of this month.

Under the Prasar Bharati Act, the pubcaster should have six-part time members on its Board, which is headed by its chairman.

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