Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi has approved Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development Scheme of Prasar Bharti. Under it, public broadcaster will be provided over Rs. 1,054 crores for three-year period till 2020 (from 2017-18 to 2019-20) for strengthening broadcast infrastructure and network development.
Broadcasting Infrastructure and Network Development Scheme
- Out of total Rs 1,054.52 crore approved under this scheme, Rs 435.04 crore was approved for continuing schemes of All India Radio (AIR). Rs 619.48 crore for schemes of Doordarshan.
- It also has provisions for modernisation of existing equipment/facilities in studios essential to sustain ongoing activities and also for High Definition Television (HDTV) transmitters at Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai and Kolkata.
- For AIR, it provides for FM expansion at 206 places and envisages digitalisation of studios at 127 places is envisaged. It will benefit 13% additional population of the country to listen AIR programmes.
- 10 KW FM transmitters will be set up along Indo-Nepal Border while 10KW FM transmitters will be set up in J&K Border. It will significantly improve Radio and TV coverage along border areas.
- Digital Terrestrial Transmitters (DTTs) at 19 locations and Digitization of Studios at 39 locations, DSNG (Digital Satellite News Gathering) Vans will be also set up at 15 locations and Upgradation of Earth Stations at 12 locations also have been approved.
Other Cabinet approvals
- DD Arun Prabha Channel: Union Cabinet also approved launch of this channel from Itanagar, Arunachal Pradesh. It will help to fulfil the aspirations of people of North East Region.
- 1,50,000 DTH sets: It will be distributed in different states in the country which will help people in the border, remote, tribal and LWE areas to watch Doordarshan's DTH programmes.