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DD to set up four new channels in the north eastern part of India

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NEW DELHI: Pubcaster Doordarshan is working towards launching four channels in the north east in the near future.

Three of these channels will be in Guwahati, Imphal, Arun Prabha (Itanagar), and ?Ma-Mi-Na? (Aizawl).

While presenting his budget in February, Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley who also holds the Finance Portfolio had said Prasar Bharati was actively working on a 24x7 television channel for the north-east, for which the clearance of the Standing Finance Committee headed by the I&B secretary had been forwarded to the pubcaster on 24 September.

The channel was expected to provide a strong platform to rich cultural and linguistic identity of the region.

However, Prasar Bharati has proposed that the existing north east channel be trifurcated by launching two additional 24X7 satellite channels for north eastern region designated as Arun Prabha Itanagar and ?Ma-Mi-Na? Aizawl.

The proposal is under finalization for circulation to appraisal agencies.

The proposed Arun Prabha channel will cater to the states of Arunachal Pradesh and Sikkim and the second channel will cater to the states of Nagaland, Mizoram and Manipur and the third to Assam and Meghalaya.

While applauding this move, the Parliamentary Standing Committee on Information Technology which also examines I&B said recently that these projects are needed to be implemented on a priority basis and specific time-frames be prescribed within which the channels would be operationalised. The Committee wanted to be apprised of the progress.

It can be noted that at present there is a single 24X7 north east channel which is inadequate to meet the aspirations and needs of the vast north eastern region of the country, comprising eight states where multiple languages and dialects are followed.

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