New Delhi, May 1 (UNI) Retired IAS officer Arun Bhatnagar has been appointed new chairman of the Prasar Bharati, replacing Mr M V Kamath.
''The order for his appointment was issued yesterday,'' Joint Secretray in the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting Zohra Chatterji told UNI here today.
Mr Bhatnagar, who also served as secretary of the National Advisory Council that has now ceased to exist, is a Madhya Pradesh cadre IAS officer of 1966 batch.
Mr Kamath, who has been appointed by the NDA appointee, had to resign soon after March 17, when the UPA Government successfully got the Prasar Bharati (Broadcasting Corporation of India) Amendment Bill, 2008 passed by the Lok Sabha fixing a six year term for the Prasar Bharati.
The Bill had been brought amid alegation by the Opposition to that its sole intention was to do away with Mr Kamath.
However, Minister for Information and Broadcasting Priyaranjan Dasmunsi explained to Parliament that the intention behind the move was to bring in professional and competent CEO of the Prasar Bharati which has been chosen as the dedicated host broadcaster for the coming Commonwealth games.
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