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Prasar Bharati must be free from State control: Plan panel

22-December-2001
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Prasar Bharati must be free from State control: Plan panel

The Working Group of the Tenth Five-Year Plan (2002-07) in its approach paper on Information and Broadcasting said that the Prasar Bharati, must be free from State control and be manned by professionals. The report added that for Prasar Bharati to be autonomous, it needs to be financially stable and free from State control.

It has also suggested training programmes by utilising the services of institutions of excellence in the country and abroad. The Group has also said that Prasar Bharati property and equipment need to be exempted from taxes so that it can go ahead with plans for expanding the broadcasting network.

The approach paper also suggested that Doordarshan must start IT enabled multimedia services like interactive TV, webcasting, datacasting on a pilot basis.

On the FM radio, the Working Group has said that the coverage should be expanded to 60 per cent. At present FM radio provides coverage to 30.29 per cent of population and 21.28 per cent of area in the country.

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