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MIB promises to clear licences in 4 months

MUMBAI: Sending a positive signal to the media and entertainment industry, the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) has promised to process licences and permissions in a time-bound manner.

The MIB in its Citizens/Clients’ Charter committed to clear within four months applications to various services such as direct-to-home (DTH), multi-system operator (MSO), headend-in-the-sky (HITS), uplinking and downlinking of channels, setting up teleports and TV rating agencies.

MIB-01On the issue of licence for providing DTH, MSO, teleport and TV services, the ministry said that it will forward the applications in two months, after the receipt of the completed applications, to the concerned Ministries/Departments for necessary clearances.

On the issue of providing HITS licences, the ministry said that applicants can commence uplinking/downlinking operations within a year from the date of issuance of SACFA clearance from WPC.

As far as registration of television ratings agencies is concerned, the ministry said that the time taken for issue of permission from the date of receipt of clearance from the MHA in respect of application complete in all respects is four months.

While no new application for DTH licence was received, the ministry said it has issued 177 registrations out of 281 applications received while eight registrations have been cancelled. The remaining applications have also been processed; however, security clearance is awaited.

For HITS and TV ratings agencies, the ministry had received one application each from the Hinduja Group and TAM India respectively.

For uplinking/downlinking of TV channels uplinked from India, the ministry said it has received clearance in 15 cases during the last one year and decision for permission conveyed within the stipulated time limit in 11 cases.

For downlinking of TV channels uplinked from abroad, the ministry had received two applications and decisions for permission in both cases were taken and conveyed within the stipulated time.

The ministry said that the mission of the Citizens/Clients’ Charter is to create an enabling environment for sustained growth of the M&E sector, facilitate value-based wholesome entertainment and effectively disseminate information on government policies, programmes and achievements.

The ministry said that it will facilitate sustained annual growth rate of 13 per cent for the M&E sector; ensure free flow of information to the public and safeguard freedom of press and media; effectively disseminate information on the policies, programmes and achievements of government using emerging technologies, promote development of broadcasting industry in India; strengthen the public service broadcaster; work towards universal digitisation by 2017; expand FM radio network to all cities of one lakh and above by 2014–15 and community radio service for empowering local communities; create a policy framework for the development of value-based content for healthy entertainment of people of all ages; restore, digitalise, preserve and enhance public access to the archival wealth of films, video and audio resources; support digital conversion of Indian films by 2016–17; upscale human resources development and set up centres of excellence for the sector.