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MIB to launch a separate DD channel for Jharkhand

MUMBAI: The Minister of Information & Broadcasting (MIB) will launch a separate 24×7 DD channel for the state of Jharkhand.

However, until the launch of the channel, DD Ranchi programmes will be telecast on DD Bihar. Jharkhand-related programmes will be provided a special window in the already available 24×7 satellite channel DD Bihar.

The announcement was made by I&B minister M Venkaiah Naidu at the review of the programmes and initiatives of the MIB at Ranchi, which had Jharkhand CM Raghubar Das also in attendance.

Naidu said that the government was putting up a vision document for a 24×7 DD Jharkhand channel for the people of the state and the proposal was included in DD’s three-year action plan.

While giving an overview of issues discussed during the review meeting, Naidu said that the government of Jharkhand had been requested to provide a dedicated power supply through separate feeders to All India Radio (AIR) and Doordarshan stations in the state.

He mentioned that action was being taken to cover all shadow areas of the Koderma region by December 2018 to ensure 100% coverage of all geographic regions in the state by DD and AIR.

Naidu also urged the state government to make use of the platform of community radio to ensure last-mile reach. Educational institutions and NGOs should be motivated to set up community radio stations, he stated.

He said that Community radio catered to the information needs of the people in local language/dialect. It broadcast programmes on various local issues relevant to the community. He added that to give a boost to radio outreach, the MIB had increased the subsidy amount to 75% for stakeholders for setting up of CRS in various states.

Elaborating further on radio outreach in the state, Naidu mentioned that under the FM Phase III, 16 more private FM channels had been proposed for the state of Jharkhand.

He also congratulated the state government on receiving a special mention in the Most Film-Friendly State Award category at the 64th National Film Awards. He said that such appreciation would encourage the state government to establish the profile of the state as the best filming destination.