...by the way
That Prasar Bharti is in a mess is known to everyone but the fact is that the situation is so precarious that one hand does not know what the other is doing. It is a bizarre situation in Prasar Bharti. Neither is the public exchequer being used for upgrading and upscaling of what appears on the TV screen nor are they aware of their tax liabilities. In the latest instance, it has been found that Prasar Bharti has paid `100 crore as service tax when the tax had already been paid to the CBEC. When this was discovered, rather than taking immediate action, a routine approach was adopted by sending a letter to the CBEC for a refund. It will take months to get the money back. When gfiles asked the CEO for a response, he, in turn, told finance department personnel VAM Husain, Prerna Sood and VK Choubey to reply. We are yet to receive any reply. Had this been a private organisation, the CEO and the CFO would have been sacked on charges of financial laxity. However, in Prasar Bharti, both the CEO and the CFO are continuing with their roles from the Parliament Street office, unfazed.