The Information and Broadcasting Ministry has sought funds worth nearly Rs 1,574 crore from the Centre this year for national broadcaster Prasar Bharati, according to a document presented in the Parliament today. The Ministry, in its 'Detailed demand for grants', has sought Rs 240 crore as general grants-in-aid for Prasar Bharati, while another Rs 53.7 crore has been sought as grants for creation of capital assets by Prasar Bharati. Another Rs 1,280 crore has been sought as grants-in-aid (salaries) for Prasar Bharati.
Among other key demands for grants include a demand of over Rs 84 crore for promotion of films-related activity. The I&B Ministry has also sought Rs 4.38 crore to run its Electronic Media Monitoring Centre, besides funds worth Rs 13.5 crore to meet the financial requirements of Film and Television Institute of India.
( via Business Standard 29/3)