MIB seeks affidavit from MSOs regarding mandatory carriage of DD channels

MUMBAI: The ministry of information and broadcasting (MIB) has sought affidavits from existing multi system operators (MSOs) as well as fresh applicants of MSO licences that the that they are carrying all 24 DD Channels, besides Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels, on their network.

The affidavit will have to be submitted within one month from the issue of notice. The format of the affidavit can be accessed at mib.gov.in, digitalindiamib.com and also under the procedure for submission of applications online on the portal broadcastseva.gov.in.

The ministry stated that the carriage of DD channels is mandatory in view of the contribution of Doordarshan towards dissemination of accurate information about policies and programmes of the government, acceleration of socio-economic change, promotion of national integration and stimulation of scientific temper.

However, the ministry noticed that the same is not being done by several cable operators, which is in contravention of existing rules.

“It has accordingly been decided that an Affidavit be sought from both existing MSOs as well as fresh applicants that they are carrying all 24 DD Channels, besides Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha TV channels, on their TV network. The same has to be submitted within one month of issue of notice,” the MIB said in its notice.

Recently, the MIB had notified DD Arunprabha as a mandatory DD channel. As per section 8 of The Cable Television Networks (Regulation) Act, 1995, the cable operators will have to compulsorily include the Doordarshan channels notified by the central government in the Official Gazette.

With the addition of DD Arunprabha, there are 26 DD channels which are mandatory channels including DD Bangla, DD Bharati, DD Bihar, DD Chandana, DD Girnar, DD India, DD Kashir, DD Kisan, DD Madhya Pradesh, DD Malayalam, DD National, DD News, DD North East, DD Oriya, DD Podhigai, DD Punjabi, DD Rajasthan, DD Sahyadri, DD Saptagiri, DD Sports, DD Urdu, DD Uttar Pradesh, Gyan Darshan, Lok Sabha TV and Rajya Sabha TV.