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Prasar Bharati has rejected a demand of Rs 2.92 crore from the National Film Development Corporation (NFDC) for payment to a private firm hired by the latter for the live coverage of the 2017 International Film Festival of India (IFFI).

The demand was reportedly turned down in a board meeting on 15 February. According to reports, Prasar Bharti also asked NFDC, which is a PSU under Minister of Information and Broadcasting, why a private firm was hired for a job which can be handled by Doordarshan, which is run by PB.

NFDC was given the task of managing IFFI in July 2017.

 NFDC had asked Doordarshan to pay the money a week before the festival opened on November 20 but that demand, too, was declined.

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