DELHI: A Parliamentary Committee has criticised the Information
and Broadcasting Ministry for not doing adequate preparatory
work before embarking upon schemes to increase the capacity
of Doordarshans free-to-air direct-to-home platform
DD Direct Plus.
DTH platform at present has capacity of 59 Standard Definition
(SD) TV channels. A plan scheme for upgradation of Doordarshans
DTH Platform to 97 TV channels was approved by the Government
in August 2010.
Prasar Bharati Board later approved further expansion of Doordarshans
DTH platform to 150 TV channels. An additional satellite transponder
was required for upgradation of DTH platform.
the examination of the Demands for Grants 2011-12 on measures
being taken by Prasar Bharati to generate revenue, the Ministry
had stated that it was proposed to move towards the use of
tools provided by IT to enable automation of various functions
so as to bring down the manpower requirement.
Parliamentary Standing Committee for Information Technology
are concerned to see that though AIR had proposed E-
Governance by implementing ERP system in XI Plan for
effective management of the vast infrastructure but it could
not be approved and this scheme has now been proposed as a
fresh scheme in XII plan at a cost of Rs 700 million.
Committee is not convinced with the reasons cited by the Ministry
that though comments were sought from the Planning Commission,
no comments were received. Later, the Planning Commission
had opined that the requirements of Doordarshan may also be
included in the SFC proposal.
requirements of Doordarshan were obtained. The total requirements
of All India Radio and Doordarshan could not be met within
the allocated amount of Rs 280 million during the 11th plan.
Therefore, this scheme could not be put up for approval and
it was decided to take it up as a fresh scheme in 12th Plan.
Committee noted that once the scheme has been conceptualised,
the reasons for under performance are untenable.
a serious note of the way the Ministry has dealt with this
issue, the Committee desires that the Ministry should take
up the projects on priority basis and expedite approval from
the Planning Commission and all corrective action may be taken
so as to utilise the outlay effectively in the Twelfth Plan.