It has presented the Second Report of the Committee on ‘Demands for Grants (2019-20)’ relating to the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB).
The report said that out of an allocation of Rs. 473 crore, Prasar Bharati could spend Rs. 26.83 crore (5.6%) only. In the case of Film Sector, out of an allocation of Rs. 156 crore, only Rs. 16.79 crore (10.17%) was spent. The committee has also cautioned the Ministry/Prasar Bharti to look into the reasons for the shortfall more meticulously and advised them to take corrective measures urgently.
Also, it has expressed its displeasure over the lagging performance of Prasar Bharati during 2017-18 and 2018-19. During 2017-18, against Budget Estimate (BE) and Revised Estimate (RE) of Rs. 430 crore and Rs. 282 crore, Prasar Bharati had utilised Rs. 201.57 crore (71.47%) only.
As per report, during 2018-19, against RE of Rs. 326.74 crore, Prasar Bharati had utilised Rs. 280.70 crore (85.90 %). The committee has found the reasons put forth for poor performance as inconvincible. The committee has recommended to the ministry to pay serious attention to the implementation of their schemes/programmes.