Doordarshan to launch new channel for Northeast
New Delhi, Dec 10 (IANS) Union Minister Venkaiah Naidu said in an official release on Saturday that a new Doordarshan channel dedicated to the Northeast — Arun Prabha — will be launched in January.
“The channel would show the richness, variety and diversity of local culture and would seamlessly integrate Northeast with the entire country,” the Minister for Information and Broadcasting said here while delivering the concluding remarks at the 28th State Information Ministers Conference at Vigyan Bhawan.
He said that the government will provide 90 per cent subsidy for the Northeastern states and 75 per cent subsidy for other states in setting up community radio stations.
The community radio station is an extraordinary medium which disseminates information in localized content, he added.
Speaking about the Most Film Friendly State Award, incorporated last year in the National Film Awards, Naidu said: “States should focus on this new initiative as it would not only enhance revenue but also boost tourism in the state.”
He also announced a cash component of Rs one crore for the Most Film Friendly State Award.
“Government of India would formulate National Information and Communication Policy in consultation with states for a comprehensive and integrated approach toward communication and information dissemination,” the statement said.
Speaking on the occasion earlier, Minister of State for Information and Broadcasting Rajyavardhan Rathore said that collaboration between the states and Centre was the bedrock of good governance and there was a need for moving forward together as ‘Team India’ in scripting the development of the nation.