Narendra Modi-led BJP govt has awarded 170 TV channel licences since taking power


24 Mar 2016
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The Narendra Modi-led BJP government has awarded 170 TV channel licences since taking power in May 2014. It has also simplified the process of TV channel licence renewal.
The Ministry of Information and Broadcasting (MIB) has listed its achievements in 2016 as part of its yearend exercise. The initiatives of the ministry in different sectors are mentioned below:

Broadcast sector

Simplification of annual renewal process for existing TV channels to ensure ease of doing business
Broadcasters who have been given permission for uplinking or downlinking can continue their operations by simply paying the annual permission fee up to 60 days before the due date, which will be treated as permission for continuation of the channel for a further period of one year.

A total of 170 channels have been given licences between June 2014 and December 2016. Of these, there are 25 news channel licences and 145 non-news channel licences.

Increased reach of FM radio all over India; FM Phase III auctions first and second batch completed
The auctions for the second batch were held recently for 266 channels in 92 cities.
Digitisation of cable TV to bring the entire country under digital addressable system
The deadline for implementation of Phase III of digitisation was 31 December 2015 while for Phase IV it was 31 December 2016. The ministry has just extended the cut-off date for Phase IV to 31 March 2017.

Akashvani Maitree: An exclusive service for Bangladesh and Bengali diaspora launched by All India Radio. Baluchi multimedia website and mobile app for greater people to people contact also launched
Boost to community radio movement: In a major push to the community radio movement in the country, the ministry has increased the subsidy for setting up of community radio stations from 50 % to 90% in the north-eastern states and 75% in other states, subject to a maximum limit of Rs 7.5 lakh.
Swachhta Samachar: Special 5 minutes Bulletin on Swachhta has been started on all weekdays. The Bulletin includes important news stories, people’s initiative and feature stories related to Swachh Bharat Abhiyan along with a Swachhta Tip.

Film sector

Film Promotion Fund
To provide financial assistance for promotional activities to the films which would be selected in any competition section of an international film festival or being India’s official nomination to the Academy Awards under Foreign Film Category
Film Facilitation Office (FFO)
Single-window clearance to facilitate film shootings by foreign film makers in India.
FFO units set up under NFDC premises in November 2015 at Mumbai, Delhi, Chennai and Kolkata. 66 foreign films given permissions in 2015–16
Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival organised by the NFDC on behalf of the ministry, has received over 4000 entries from across the country in various Indian languages on the theme of the Swachh Bharat Mission. The key objective of the festival was to generate awareness, inspire people and include them as stakeholders in the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan. Top 20 films selected were felicitated.
The ministry has utilised the platform of film festivals to promote India’s endeavour of being a filming destination and soft power. Various country-specific film festivals have been organised to promote the possibility of collaboration in the films sector.

Iranian Film Festival: 14 films of the acclaimed and award-winning film-makers from Iran were screened.

European Union Film Festival: A total of 23 movies from the European Union countries were showcased.
The first ever BRICS Film Festival was held in Delhi: Twenty movies, four each from the five participating countries were selected for the screening competition.

On the domestic policy front, the ministry organised Swachh Bharat Short Film Festival, Children’s Film Festival and the Patriotic Film Festival.
Strengthening of the institutions to promote healthy development of cinema as a medium of communication through film festivals (Patriotic & Children Film Festivals) across the nation.

The Shyam Benegal Committee constituted for holistic interpretation of the provisions of the Cinematograph Act/ Rules has submitted its recommendations to the ministry which are expected to provide a holistic framework.
The ministry has also introduced a cash component of Rs 1 crore in the Most Film Friendly State Award to promote India as a Filming destination.

National Film Heritage Mission (NFHM): It is a new plan scheme to restore, digitise and archive films and filmic material through National Film Archives of India. National Film Archives of India in one of its rare discovery, NFAI acquired 20.43 minutes of the Indian silent film ‘Bilwamangal’ (1919), thanks to the wonderful cooperation of the Cinematheque Francaise. It is after 21 years that a silent film has entered NFAI vaults.
Information Sector
New print media advertisement policy for DAVP
The objective is to promote transparency and accountability in issuing of Government advertisements in print media and weeding out ghost/irregular newspapers.
The policy introduces a new marking system and circulation verification procedure for empanelment of newspapers/journals with DAVP
A three-member committee to address the issues related to content regulation in government advertising constituted as per the directions of the Supreme Court. The committee is chaired by former chief election commissioner of India BB Tandon.

New business policy for the publication division: The objective to streamline business practices in line with the contemporary trends prevailing in publications industry. The policy promotes online readership by pricing the digital version of the publication at 75% the price of printed version. It acknowledges the growing prospects of e-commerce and promotes sale of e-books of the division through online platforms.

360-degree multimedia campaigns to give wide publicity to the schemes launched by the government. The activities range from holding of press conferences, telecast/broadcast of special programmes on DD and AIR with experts, multimedia exhibitions, social media campaigns using infographics, animations, graphic plates, short videos, live streaming of events /conferences. Some of these initiatives include:
International Yoga Day, Swachh Bharat, Make in India, Skill India, Digital India, Rashtriya Ekta Diwas
Peoples’ participation in government advertising through crowd-sourcing: The advertisement for important events being designed on the crowd sourcing model. An online contest was also organised by social media cell of the ministry as part of 67th Republic Day celebrations.
The Publications Division has released the e-version of the India/ Bharat-2016. Online payment and subscription services for popular journals and Employment News of Publications Division through Bharat Kosh Portal of the Ministry of Finance.

Release of books on Rashtrapati Bhavan published by the Publications Division. Some of the books are ‘Around India’s First Table: Dining and Entertaining at Rashtrapati Bhavan’, ‘The Arts and Interiors of Rashtrapati Bhavan: Lutyens and Beyond’, ‘Discover the Magnificent World of Rashtrapati Bhavan’, ‘A Work of Beauty: The Architecture and Landscape of Rashtrapati Bhavan’ and ‘First Garden of the Republic: Nature in the President’s Estate’.
A book on the Courts of India published by the Publications Division under the guidance of the Supreme Court was also released.

Indian Institute of Mass Communication
The diploma course in Urdu journalism upgraded to the level of PG diploma in Urdu journalism of nine months’ duration from the current academic session, i.e. 2016–17.
Vartalap / Regional Editors Conference

As a new initiative, PIB’s regional units are organising ‘Vartalap’ in various regions across the country with regional media to interact &create awareness about the new developmental initiatives/schemes of the government. Regional Editors Conferences were organised in Jaipur, Chennai and Chandigarh.

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