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Govt. plans to launch more DD channels in NE

MUMBAI: The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) is planning to increase the number of Doordarshan channels in the North East to capture the region’s diverse cultures.

Officials told PTI that at present there is only one 24×7 channel for the region and a proposal is under consideration to further have three branches of the same.

As per the proposal, there can be three 24×7 Doordarshan channels for the North East namely, DD Arunprabha for Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim; one for Manipur, Mizoram and Nagaland; and a third channel for Assam and Meghalaya.

According a report tabled in Parliament recently, the Standing Committee on Information Technology was informed by the MIB about the proposal to fork out the existing North East channel.

The Ministry also informed the Committee that starting three channels will be a software intensive exercise as content will be required to be customised as per requirement of a particular state.

“A single state like Manipur has several languages which are spoken there. It is felt that there should be a single channel for every state. But launching a new channel also brings with it questions related to availability of manpower, viability, content,” a senior official told PTI.

In its report, the Parliamentary panel urged the government to accord top priority to these projects and fix a timeframe for their operationalisation.