Wednesday, 4 March 2015

Prasar Bharati to Soft launch Kisan TV on 23 March; North-East TV channel also in the offing

A dedicated television channel for farmers, Kisan TV, is scheduled to be formally launched on the occasion of Baisakhi, 14 April. Its soft launch is proposed on 23 March. In January, Jaitley had set aside Rs 100 crore in the Budget in his capacity as Finance Minister. For FY 2014-15 Rs 90 crore was allotted but budget for FY 2015-16 shows that only Rs 45 crore has been allotted.
Finance Minister Arun Jaitley, who also holds the Information and Broadcasting portfolio, said Prasar Bharati is also actively working on a 24x7 TV channel for North-East, for which the clearance of the SFC had been forwarded to the pubcaster on 24 September. This was stated as part of the Action taken report by Mr. Jaitley on his last Budget.
Regarding Digital India, Mr. Jaitley said that a draft cabinet note on e-Kranti has been finalized, an Expenditure Finance Committee (EFC) note on National Information Infrastructure had been circulated, an EFC note on Common Services Centre was under finalization, and the first meeting of the Apex Committee on Digital India was held on 26 November.

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