New Delhi: Senior IAS officer Jawhar Sircar is all set to be appointed as the next CEO of national broadcaster Prasar Bharati after a panel headed by the Vice President recommended his name to the government.

Sircar, a 1975 batch officer who is posted as the Secretary in the Ministry of Culture, was picked up from among twelve candidates by a panel which apart from Vice President Hamid Ansari included Press Council chairperson Markandey Katju and Uday Kumar Varma, Secretary in the Information and
Broadcasting Ministry.

Official sources said that the panel's recommendation was mandatory for the government and Sircar was expected to take charge of Prasar Bharati, which governs the working of Doordarshan and the All India Radio, in a couple of days.

Following the suspension of the previous incumbent B S Lalli, the duties of the CEO Prasar Bharati were being discharged by Rajiv Takru, an additional secretary in the I and B ministry.

Officials said that the panel in its meetings had also discussed appointing a non bureaucrat like media personality Sunit Tandon to the position.

"However, Sircar's long record of having effectively led various government departments including the Information and Broadcasting Ministry and an image of being a doer ultimately led to his nomination," a senior official said.

Sircar was slated to retire from government service next month, the sources said.

The new CEO has his task cut out as he has to look after important measures like expansion of Doordarshan's DTH platform and tackling tricky manpower issues in both Doordarshan and All India Radio.

(Agencies)