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No plans to launch a separate DD channel for documentaries: Jaitley

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NEW DELHI: The Government today said that Prasar Bharati has no plans to launch an exclusive Doordarshan (DD) channel for documentaries.

It may be noted that earlier, the Films Division and the Indian Documentary Producers Association (IDPA), in separate proposals, had urged the Information and Broadcasting Ministry to launch a separate documentary channel.

However, DD is soon launching a 24x7 channel exclusively for farmers and rural population of India, DD Kisan, which will be an educational-cum-entertainment channel encompassing all facets of life of a farmer.

Information and Broadcasting Minister Arun Jaitley said DD has also planned to launch an new additional 24x7 satellite channel for North East Region called Arunprabha.

Meanwhile, consequent to the bifurcation of former Andhra Pradesh State into Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, a new channel named Saptagiri from Vijayawada was inaugurated on 27 September last year to cater to the population of the state of Andhra Pradesh. 

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