Prasar Bharati rejects NFDC demand to pay private firm for International Film Festival of India coverage

The board turned down the demand from the NFDC and asked why a private firm was engaged when Doordarshan was "fully qualified" to do the task.

Published: 02nd March 2018 02:11 AM  |   Last Updated: 02nd March 2018 02:11 AM   |  A+A-

By PTI

NEW DELHI: The Prasar Bharati board has rejected NFDC's demand that Doordarshan should pay Rs 2.92 crore towards expenses for hiring a private firm for live coverage of the 2017 International Film Festival of India, a source said.

The board turned down the demand from the National Film Development Corporation, a PSU under the Information and Broadcasting Ministry, in its meeting on February 15 and asked why a private firm was engaged when Doordarshan was "fully qualified" to do the task.

"A nominated member brought a tabled item to the board, asking it (Doordarshan/Prasar Bharati) to pay Rs 2. 92 crore. The board rejected it in its meeting," the source said.

Prasar Bharati runs Doordarshan and All India Radio.

The task of managing IFFI, earlier with the Information and Broadcasting Ministry's Directorate of Film Festivals, was given to NFDC in July last year.

"Doordarshan officials strongly objected to NFDC's demand.

They said Doordarshan is fully qualified for such coverage and has been doing it all these years, why should a private company be asked to do it now," the source said.

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