Broadcasting to get Rs 475.5 crore in Annual Plan 2016-17 of MIB

NEW DELHI: There is a provision of Rs 390 crore as grant-in-aid for Prasar Bharati for the year 2016-17 which includes Rs 50 crore for the north east region.

In addition, there is a grant-in-aid of Rs 60 crore including Rs 8 crore for the north east region, according to the annual plan of the Information and Broadcastng Ministry for 2016-17.

In addition, Doordarshan will get Rs 125 crore and All India Radio will receive Rs 75 crore for development of new content.   

A sum of Rs 12 crore has been set aside for strengthening the Electronic Media Monitoring Cell which will soon increase its capacity to monitor all TV channels in the country.

A budget of Rs 4 crore has been set aside for supporting community radio stations which includes Rs 20 lakh for the north east region.

Infrastructure Support Cell in the ministry renamed as Digitisation Mission has a budget of Rs 5 crore in the annual plan, while Rs 4.5 crore has been set aside for automation of the broadcasting sector.

Thus the total budget in the annual plan for the broadcasting sector is Rs 475.50 crore including Rs 58.2 criore for the north east.  

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