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Prasar Bharati Board capable of appointing full-time DGs: I&B sources

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NEW DELHI: The Prasar Bharati Board has the requisite quorum for appointing a full-time directors-general in Doordarshan and All India Radio and need not resort to interim appointments.

Stating this, an Information and Broadcasting Ministry (I&B) official told Indiantelevision.com that the process of filling the four vacancies of part-time members will commence soon.

Nonetheless the Ministry clearly feels that the present strength of the Board is enough for full-time appointments and is surprised at this interim arrangement.

However, according to a Prasar Bharati official, Board chairman A. Surya Prakash is of the view that the present strength of the Board is mostly of government-appointees, and therefore any full-time selection would not be fair. He therefore wants the process of constituting the entire Board to be completed before proceeding with any full-time appointment.

Veteran broadcaster C. Lalrosanga has been appointed interim director general of Doordarshan following the retirement of Vijayalakshmi Chhabra.

Until now, Lalrosanga was holding charge as an additional director general in All India Radio.

Chhabra was named interim DG of Doordarshan in July 2014. She had earlier been ADG Programmes in AIR.

According to information available with this website, contenders for the post of DG include current interim AIR DG F Shehryar, Aparna Vaish, Deepa Chandra, Dr Rajshekhar Vyas, Mukesh Sharma and Mahesh Joshi.

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