Thursday, 3 May 2018

MIB writes new letter; drops previous charges against NFDC chief

On 24 April, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (I&B Ministry) wrote a fresh letter dropping all previously labelled charges against Nina Lath Gupta, former head of National Film Development Corporation (NFDC), who was fired.

The MIB removed Paragraph 2 in the first sacking order of February 27 which had cited irregularities and “failure to adhere to prescribed procedures” by Gupta as reasons for firing her from the post of NFDC Managing Director.

Earlier, she was charged with “procedural lapses” in releasing advertisements to select private channels beyond the 5 per cent limit prescribed in the Electronic Media Policy; not refunding the 15 per cent commission to ministries that got advertisements issued through NFDC; and charging one ministry Rs 4.29 crore in excess of actual expenditure.

In earlier letter, the Ministry also held her responsible for “non-adherence to the standard operating procedures required of a co-producer under the NFDC’s ‘Film production in various regional languages’ scheme”, and “non-adherence to the due process for utilising funds for restoring films”.

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