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MIB putting in place online mechanisms for processing applications

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) is in the process of automating the entire Broadcasting Wing to ensure an online mechanism for various applications.

Once in operation, this web-enabled software will help applicants to apply online and also make payments of various fees through the payment gateway.

The ministry said that it has put in place specialised software called Satellite Television Channels Application Tracking System (STATS) for those who have already applied to the ministry for various permissions.

An ID and password have been given to all of them to track the status of their pending applications, MIB said in a public notice.

The ministry also categorically stated that it does not entertain any intermediary, consultant, advisor, consultancy organisation or firm to liaise with the ministry on behalf of applicants and permission holders for following up on their requests.

“All applicants and permission holders are, therefore, advised not to approach anyone, who claims to be an advisor, consultant or facilitator on behalf of applicants,” it added.

Rather, the ministry has requested all applicants, permission holders and others to interact directly with it without involving any intermediary.

The ministry said that it conducts an open-house meeting every month where anyone, who wishes to apply for permission to start a television channel, teleport or various permissions under the uplinking and downlinking guidelines, can walk in and get clarified his or her doubt.

The ministry also asserted that it follows an absolutely transparent and open process to grant various permissions to television channels, teleport operators and news agencies.

“We encourage people to make use of this opportunity to get clarified of their doubts and get all information on pending issues,” the public notice read.