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Sunil Arora to step in Sircar's place as Prasar Bharati CEO?

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MUMBAI: With the resignation of Prasar Bharati CEO Jawhar Sircar, the punters are betting on who is going to come in as his replacement. Among the names being talked about is the former I&B secretary Sunil Arora. He currently serves as an advisor to Prasar Bharati, a post he was given in August after retiring from the MIB.

Arora is a 1980-batch IAS officer of the Rajasthan cadre. Sources indicate that Arora’s candidature as Prasar Bharati CEO has been recommended by the former information and broadcasting minister Arun Jaitely.

However, observers don’t expect Arora’s candidature to be a shoo-in. Reason: it is not clear who the current I&B minister Venkaiah Naidu will back. “For all you know, he might want somebody from his state of Andhra Pradesh,” says a Prasar Bharati source. “Finally, the PM will decide.”

Sircar submitted his resignation on 4 October, and has sought to be relieved by 4 November 2016 after which he will return to Kolkata.

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