Minister of State (MoS), I&B, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, said that the government is planning to take FM radio's reach to small towns and cities across the country and launching hundreds of radio stations in these areas over the next two years.
Addressing the plenary session of FICCI-Frame 2015, Mr. Rathore said that the ministry is going to launch Phase-III auctions, starting with 315 cities, but later we will move to many more cities. Maybe in two years' span, we could have around 900 cities which will have multiple FM radio stations despite the fact that 92 per cent of the population is covered by radio.
Currently, the ministry is busy in reviewing the Cinematograph Act, 1952 in accordance to the suggestions made by the Justice Mudgal Committee. The committee submitted its report to ministry, around a year and half ago. Based on those recommendations, we have decided to review the Act. The ministry wants to have a true certification board, which processes the content online so that film-makers will able to see the dates and schedule for application process. This process will bring transparency to the system.
The minister said that the government is keen to improve film and television training institutes and also looking towards film industry for the same.