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.
"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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