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I&B ministry gets 5.96% hike in 2017-18 budget allocation

MUMBAI: Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has hiked grants to the Ministry of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) for FY 2017–18 by 5.96% to Rs 4,409 crore compared to Rs 4,161 crore in the ongoing fiscal year.

Out of this, Rs 4,379.90 crore is on the revenue section while Rs 29.10 crore is capital outlay on information and publicity compared to Rs 4,113.42 crore and Rs 47.58 crore in the current fiscal year.

The largest chunk of the grant, which is Rs 3,374.70 crore, will be spent on broadcasting. In the current fiscal year, the ministry spent Rs 3,158.86 crore on broadcasting.

Pubcaster Doordarshan’s share is Rs 2,996 crore, up from this year’s Rs 2,766 crore. However, grants-in-aid for the broadcaster is Rs 350 crore, down from Rs 390 crore this year.

Prasar Bharati operates Doordarshan and All India Radio (AIR). While DD runs 35 TV channels and subscription-free DTH service DD Freedish, AIR has a network of 415 stations.

Information and communication will consume Rs 831.25 crore, up from Rs 785.96 crore.

Allocation for North Eastern areas have fallen to Rs 84.20 crore from Rs 86 crore.

Secretariat/social services allocation has gone up to Rs 79.52 crore from Rs 73.52 crore.

Art and culture allocation has increased to Rs 10.23 crore from Rs 9.08 crore.

The MIB is the nodal ministry for information, broadcasting and films. Public broadcaster Prasar Bharati, which runs DD and AIR, functions under the ministry.

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